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Charlie Hebdo

My image today. I would love to write a whole lot of things about yesterday’s dreadful attack. I think this (very rare for me) still life will be best standing alone. Technically, two 160 panel LED lights with tungsten gels on them. Mainly saturation adjustments and a grad filter to emphasise shape and colour in…

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Castle Stalker

This is Castle Stalker in Appin in Northern Argyll. ISO 3200   22mm x 1.6CF   f9   1/20 Today was a wet and overcast day with nothing exciting in store, so for some reason it occurred to me that doing a landscape would be an interesting challenge. Apart from anything else, I have had…

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Hannah at Westport Beach

Yesterday Hannah had her first ever visit to the beach. Julie insisted that this auspicious occasion had to take place at her favourite beach from her Kintyre days, the surfers paradise that is Westport. One of our party marked the occasion with this temporary vandalism; to find out who, look for a culprit playing with…


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  • granny

    brilliant photos……wish I’d been there….not in the photos though……she just loved her visit obviously, even if she was boggin..nothing wrong with good clean muck.xox

  • These photos of Hannah are stunning! And sneaky simian too. Looks like it was a lovely day out. Hope you are well, Carys x

Castle Dounie Circuit 2

I had a lovely, (and tiring) walk this weekend to the stunning viewpont of Castle Dounie,an old iron age hill fort with one of the best views for sure that Argyll offers anywhere. My dear friends Gerry and Elisabeth joined us and they were kind enough to let me indulge in a few frames at…

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Dun na Cuaiche, Inveraray

This weekend Julie and I walked up to the lovely Dun na Cuaiche folly above Inveraray castle. At 248 m high, not a major hill-walk, but with our near-10 kilo baby, (yes really!) in a backpack carrier, it turns into some serious exercise. To my shame, despite visiting Inveraray for 8 years on a regular, (like twice weekly)…


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  • Dianne McGee

    Your first photograph from the folly is excellent, Matthew. I’ve always wanted to do that walk. Also like the photo of the dovecote.

  • Mary Gilies

    Really enjoyed viewing your portraits and reading about the people you photographed. What I was most ompressed with was the fact that you hadused some really interesting backgrounds for the portraits particularly those of Melanie where the scene behind said so much about her.

    Superb images , didn’t know you did this kind of photography.
    Thanks for telling me about your website, will pop in now and again to see and learn more about portrait work as I tend to go much closer for portraits.
    Regards Mary

  • Kees Slings

    Hi Matthew,
    I’ve never been up to the folly but have visited Inveraray and the castle a few times as a Scotland loving Dutchy. I didn’t know anything about the dovecot on the castle grounds until I read the first chapter in ‘The New Road’ by Scottish writer/journalist Neil Munro yesterday evening. An excellent beginning of what promises to be great historical novel. The dovecot figures in a gothic creepy crawly scene in which the main character and the castlekeeper’s daughter are holed up inside in the dark of night, when suddenly the door opens and an unseen figure stands in the dark doorway, breathing heavily and trying to sense their presence. Very suspenseful.
    I’m not a photographer but happened on your site googling the dovecot, the castle and the town itself. I’m very much into Scottish history and the town and castle are indeed the seat of the ancient Campbells, Dukes of Argyle, since the 18th century. The New Road is available 2nd hand on for one penny (plus GBP 4,02 dispatch) and another book of essays on Munro (Exploring new roads, essays on Neil Munro) has a cover that’s an exact replica of your vista picture of the town and Loch Fyne taken from the folly.
    kind regards,
    Kees Slings

  • I am so so jealous of your fire, the four fireplaces are blocked up in our new house (damn the 1980s) and we can't afford to liberate them just yet.A fantastic DIY and some lovely lovely gifts

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  • I have ordered the “New Ipad”Didn’t have the Ipad 1 or 2 but wanted a ipad for a while now.I am personally looking forward to it although it’s disappointimg that it didn’t have Siri with it.Maybe they could add it later in a update seeing as “New Ipad” could run it easily?