Dance, dream and inspire

Dance, dream and inspire

I have two reasons for posting this image:

  1. The wee girls peeking through the ‘castle’ make me smile;
  2. I like the name of the dance studio.

It’s as simple as that really.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland.

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Only one trombone in the big parade?

Only one trombone in the big parade?

There may have been other trombones and trombonists. But this one caught my eye because this instrument was gold coloured, while all the others seemed to be silver.

So, I converted the image to black and white and isolated the musician and her instrument.

Even if the facts described above are inaccurate, photography is all about what you see. And this is how my mind processed this scene.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland.

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Pipers and Carters

Pipers and Carters

The Marymass parade has traditionally been based around horses (it is organised by the Carters Society). I haven’t figured out how to take decent photos of horses. So, when I’m taking photos of the parade, any horses that are included are generally a by-product.

In this shot, you can see one of the Carters (a former Captain) on his horse in the background. You can also see a horse and cart on the Society’s flag. But my primary interest was in the pipe band. They add colour, as well as music, to the parade.

Beyond that, this is really just a snapshot – capturing a moment in time. And I don’t see anything wrong in that.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland.

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This year’s Queen

This year’s Queen

At the weekend we went back to my roots in Ayrshire. Every year there is a festival – called Marymass – which culminates in a parade followed by horse racing on the town Moor.

One girl from the local schools is chosen to be Queen. And this year’s Queen was Rebecca. She graciously smiled when she saw that I was pointing a camera at her. Given my (poor) track record with people photos, I was very grateful. Even I would have struggled to mess up this opportunity.

Taken in Irvine, Scotland

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Through the ladder #1

Through the ladder #1

This is probably the most unusual perspecitve in this mini-series. As I was climbing up the ladder, I spotted the view of ‘The Blocks’ through the top rung of the ladder. I haven’t seen this shot before, but if you know differently, let me know.

Taken at St Monans harbour, Fife, Scotland.

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From the ladder

From the ladder

Continuing the theme of slightly different perspectives, this shot of “The Blocks” was taken while standing on the ladder that takes you up (and over) the harbour wall.

This seemed like a good vantage point… until I decided to change lenses. Then it became a wee bit precarious.

A smarter person would have gone back to ground level for the changeover, but where’s the sport in that?

Taken at St Monans harbour, Fife, Scotland.

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From the pier

From the pier

When I return to a scene that I’ve photographed before, I try to find a new way of looking at it.

In this case, I wanted to use the hooks (presumably for lifting boxes of fish) to frame the familiar front at St Monans. The hooks were swinging quite a lot in the strong breeze. But, if you take enough shots, you increase the chances of getting lucky!

Taken at St Monans harbour, Fife, Scotland.

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From the causeway

From the causeway

This is another post that was made possible by our fantastic summer weather. The water level of the River Tay was so low that it was possible to walk across the causeway to Moncrieffe Island without any risk of getting wet.

This, in turn, provides a slightly different vantage point to view the city.

It’s not a perfect reflection of the spire of St Matthews Church… because there wasn’t enough water!

Taken on the causeway to Moncrieffe Island, Perth, Scotland.

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