Sunday, 27 September 2009
I just love visiting this great castle situated near to Golspie on the north east coast of Scotland.The gardens are simply magnificent and well kept.The inside of the castle is also well worth a visit.Its style of Baronial with fire extinguisher turrets.AWESOME.GO FORTH A SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.
My followers will know about my interest in aviation amongst other things.I managed to get quite close to the runway at Lossiemouth RAF base to watch the Tornado s. One of their Squadrons is currently in Afghanistan.here I chose to use the Nikon D3X with the 70 300 Len's.95% of me wanted to drop the camera and cover my ears but on this shot the 5% won
Whilst the weather was not good on the west the N/E was good.we based ourselves at Burghead facing the Moray firth .I cut across to Aberdeen harbour and took a few shots of the city and also some on route.Here is a telephoto picture looking right into the harbour.Nikon D3X camera with 70-300 lens. This camera is an absolutely fantastic piece of kit.
On this trip we managed to find some decent weather on the north east of Scotland.Here is one of my new shots of Dunrobin castle near Golspie Caithness.This place is awesome a truly fairy tale castle with tremendous gardens.I waited until gusts of wind blew the fountain in my direction which gave the rainbow.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Spent the afternoon walking down to the south end of the island amongst the conglomerate rock formations around the rugged coast near Gylen castle.Kerrera is a great island for walks and I enjoyed every minute.Took along my Nikon D3X with 70-300 and 14-24mm lenses.I also had a tripod which enabled me to get this difficult low angle shot of Gylen castle from a small waterfall.
Monday, 14 September 2009
I really enjoy spending hours creating new and exciting imagery more art than photography.I simply love this latest one taken on a stormy day in Blackpool and re created into the result you see before you.more abstract samples at www.scotphoto.com/abstract.html
These two shots were part of our Saturday early morning shoot on loch Etive side. The warm autumn light combined with the rising mists gave us some good opportunities. But it was all over too quickly so I'm so pleased we made the effort and was rewarded.Dennis Hardley http://www.scotphoto.com/
Early on Saturday morning we were on the shore of loch Etive nr Achnacloich bay where nice lighting and mist inter-twinned to create these nice scenes.Using Both Nikon D3X and Canon EOS1Ds Mk 111s cameras we were quiet happy with the results.
Dennis and Tony after a long day driving around BUTE had a quick tea and were out near the Oyster bar in Connel village waiting patiently for a possible sunset.We were not too disappointed when this colourful afterglow appeared 20 minutes after sunset.Nikon D3X .The island of Mull dominates the backdrop.www.scotphoto.com
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Roaming around This great city with a camera is great fun and a complete change for me,like most cities its full of characters like "TERRY" who spends her days selling hot dogs in the city centre.She could sell a hot dog to anybody with her lovely personality.For more of my people pictures go to http://www.scotphoto.comfaces.html/
Whilst roaming around liverpool s chinese district I spotted these two chinese university students taking a break from their studies.I used backlighting as I often do for these type of shots.More charactor pics at http://www.scotphoto.com/
Photographing Beatles related sites in Liverpool is one of Dennis Hardley s subjects,strutting the streets of the city with his camera at the ready.Here are 3 great scouse brothers having a pint in LENNONS bar.23 Mathew street Liverpool.I spent a little time with these nice guys in order to get some natural pics like this one
Dennis originally came from Mersey side and often revisits Liverpool often strutting the city streets with his camera visiting Beatles related sites including the Jacaranda club in Slater street where John Paul and George often popped in. Its also a place of great character with its wooden planked walls and floors.www.scotphoto.com
Yesterday Tony and I were at Barcaldine house hotel again and we took these new shots for their publicity.You can also find Dennis Hardley Photography on Twitter at http://www.twitpic.com/
With these shots we used a mixture of artificial and natural light coupled with a real fire.
Dennis and Tony were asked to take some new shots at Barcaldine house hotel.On this occasion it was to take fireside images with a romantic feel for winter publicity etc.As is always the case its the time it takes to set up these shots after first of all coming up with some ideas.see Dennis s work on twitter at twitpic.com
Saturday, 5 September 2009
I came across Garry (almost stepped on him) cooking up some unions with a meths stove on the pavement.He was surrounded by pigeons whom he was willing to share his food with.I squatted on the floor with him to build up a rapport whilst taking pictures in between.More candids on http://www.scotphoto.com/
When choosing what pictures to take I often think ahead on how I can develope the picture from an artistic point of view,or whether the picture carries a message etc.The best pictures would tell their own story.Here the shadows play a strong part in the final image. Dennis Hardley Photography takes on a very wide range of tasks from Landscapes,people,transport,interiors,Medical close up,geological,industrial, etc.www.scotphoto.com
Friday, 4 September 2009
Dennis Hardley caught these two guys having a wee dram in a bus shelter.One of my pet photo subjects are people,just ordinary kind of folk you meet every day.I can soon develop a rapport with my subjects ,A MUST if you wish to capture people acting in a natural and relaxed manner.And most people are approachable.
Captured this strong image recently of Castle Stalker with a showery looking sky.Its a deliberate silhouette so that I kept the detail in the very bright water.There's a great cafe nearby with stunning views of the castle through the panoramic windows.They also do great bakery and homemade grub.Its worth a visit.
Today I have been working on more new artwork images derived from my original pictures,here is UB40 (possibly OB40) a beached fishing boat at Glenuig on the west coast of Scotland.The hills in distance are that of the island of Rhum.
Blackpool illuminations draw lots of visitors during October/Nov and its a haven for night time photography.This shot was taken at the pleasure beach on a long exposure with some zooming action towards the end of exposure.Blackpool is also great for candids,trams and beach shots during the summer.
One of my passions in photography has always been night time exposures,and one of the best places in Britain for this is in Blackpool during the illuminations.Here is the tower and central pier taken from the beach. see more at http://www.scotphoto.com/
Thursday, 3 September 2009
At Last we got the chance to update the photography at this fine hotel situated on the shore of Loch Melfort, Argyll Scotland.Rachel Ross (owner with husband Calum) greeted us with her usual smile and pleasant demeanour.This is one of the images which shows the reception hall and Internet access point.Taken with Nikon D3X with 14-24mm Lens.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Dennis and Tony spent the day photographing interiors at the popular Loch Melfort Hotel.Tony was constructing a 360 virtual tour whilst Dad was taking stills of various parts of the hotel including Bedroom 7 shown here.Its always a pleasure to work with Rachel and Calum Ross who now run this fine establishment.
This wonderful hotel situated on Loch Melfort Argyll is being steered to great heights by the new young owners Rachel and Calum who took over the place almost a year ago.Heres a shot of Rachel caught with her hands full of fresh flowers on the hotel staircase.We were there to take pictures of the interiors (Stills and 360s virtual tours)
Dennis took this candid shot of Mr Grey whilst stripping and tuning the grand piano at Isle of Eriska Hotel,Island and Spa, Argyll.Mr Grey is just a lovely ordinary guy well known throughout the west of Scotland .I last met him on the boat from Barra where he had been working.There's not many out of tune pianos in this part of the world. More people shots on http://www.scotphoto.com/
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
These water droplets were found on a glass garden table and photographed using a macro lens with some reflective coloured paper held nearby.I then changed the whole image on photo shop to my own personal artistic taste.Dennis Hardley http://www.scotphoto.com/
I spotted this lovely girl with pink hair during her lunch break.She worked in a Art Gallery and drew my attention and agreed for me to take some shots of her.People have always interested me and I am building up a size able portfolio which I treasure the most.You can also re shoot a scene but you only get the one chance with people shots.
As a professional photographer I enjoy enormously taking pictures of ordinary people that we come across each and every day.This colourful lady runs a B&B in Blackpool and she s also an artist just look for yourself at her end gable of her house.Yes she painted it all herself.Fantastic!! She also collects and dresses Dolls too.
Its not always busy on the donkey rides .This image was captured from the pier. Its a tough old world out there and we all struggle to make a living although these rides are still very popular with the kiddies and I'm pleased to say that trade did pick up later on in the day. Actually this shot doesn't really need a title as the message comes across loud and clear.see http://www.scotphoto.com/