My gorgeous friend Petrea recently asked me to do some photographs of her with her family and with her baby bump as she is “due” shortly. Anyone who has looked at my blog might remember that I photographed Petrea and her husband Steve’s wedding in Rosneath. I have hardly seen Petrea and Steve since, and this was my first chance to meet their first child, Calum. This made for a particularly lovely visit for me.

This first picture shows Petrea holding a just awake Calum. He is simply lovely, and in our few hours together, was just amazingly good company. No tears, lots of happy play, just a great kid. Just a wee bit wary of the stranger with the camera here though!

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The timing for the photographs was a little unfortunate, as it was an overcast day, and darkness was falling fast, so we had to go out and make the best of such light as was available. This meant the light was a bit flat and uninteresting, so I have indulged in more post-processing than usual to keep them interesting. This one was using the last of the real light with a little fill flash through an umbrella. The colours are nice and such light as there was was at least soft. Thank goodness for the 5D Mk2 and its big light gathering sensor!

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This one with the same light but including Steve. Steve is not only a very handsome man, but he has the most easy going and gentle nature. Calum and bump 2 are very lucky with their mum and dad!

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While Calum played I grabbed a few shots of Petrea to show the bumpette.

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Calum is the must amazing climber for a boy who isn’t even 2! He is basically a monkey. Look at these eyes here in this classic extreme angle shot. The colours were fine, but distracted from the strong shapes and leading-line curves.

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Steve on his own, again the colours of the play-park distracted from Steve, so they had to go!

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This one is just so lovely for me to see; I know how happy Petrea and Steve are with their growing family and this picture just captures that joy for me. I am so delighted for them.

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Steve and Petrea’s backs are being tested to the limit with their tiny dynamo, but they are tough people. When the going gets tough, the tough start hugging!

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Here we see the genetic source of the monkey tendency in wee Calum!

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Seeing Petrea and Steve looking so happy together just thrills me, they are so well suited. As an aside, in the 1 minute it took to grab this shot Calum had managed to run about 20 miles away; just as well it’s a big safe park! How will they ever herd 2 baby gazelles/cheetahs; I think they they need to get a bigger park.

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A bit of playful colour treatment to cope with the now very low light. If you look you can see the “buzzy bee” that is fascinating the young squire on the sunflower.

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This is just pure photographic playfulness; I love these guys amongst the sunflowers.

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It was getting so dark here that focus lock was becoming a challenge, but these logs just had to be used. Petrea looks perfect here with just a little remote flash again.

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One more of Spidey playing. I could only get focus-locked on his eyes in about 1 out of 50 pics as he just doesn’t stop moving!

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They will be foursome in just a few weeks now and I am thrilled. Maybe if I play my cards right, my camera and I could be heading to Edinburgh again soon…

Thanks for a lovely afternoon. x

 

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  • Petrea

    Love these pictures Matthew. What great fun we had being free and natural…it was a great afternoon and think you did a brilliant job with the challenging lighting that was upon us. We simply love the pictures which will be treasured by us.
    Thank you for yhese pictures and great to see you after all these 5 years! How fast does time fly?
    Love from the three plus bumpette!”

Here is my “mane” girl with the lovely lion “wild paisley” in the lovely Oakshaw area of Paisley. This one was processed fairly gently with the Nik Colour FX Pro software that the amazing Google bought and gives away free. Used to be 300 Euros! this is an old film look.

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She is auditioning here for an Oliver Twist class ragamuffin. I am using my new 45mm f1.8 Olympus lens and I like it a lot; tiny, sharp and bright. (The lens, not HB, although…)

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I still think this Paisley lion art project is the best thing in the history of the world ever! Wild Paisley is a beautiful lion.

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Just for everyone who believes Paisley to be a run-down sad town with only rough places, take a look at this Oakshaw scene and think again!

All images with the 45mm prime. 90mm equivalent.

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Just a few pictures from my wee trip to Edinburgh during the festival last weekend. My wonderful friend Gillian suggested it to get our two daughters together for a wee bit of fun as well as giving me a chance to talk photography with her friend Jane who is studying the subject. We had just the nicest day together and of course I had my Olympus OMD as a very portable partner in proceedings.

This one is Gillian in a restaurant waiting to be seated. Gillian doesn’t love being photographed so I’m pleased that this one was so natural and lovely.

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Gillian is fond of bold colours, and so when I spotted this equally colourful cafe seating area, I knew there was potential for some complementary colours in a portrait. I love the effect, hugely vibrant.

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This is Gillian’s simply awesome daughter. HB adores her as she is kind and fun. Gillian kindly took the girls on this carousel as I would have been sick for sure.

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This is Jane. We had a great afternoon talking cameras and I had not a little camera envy at her new Canon 5D Mk3. My old Mk2 can’t compete. I liked the leading line of the handrail behind her although the sun shining on it proved to be too distracting and it needed a lot of calming in Lightroom.

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Jane’s partner Craig underneath the castle. This was another attempt to use the fence as a leading line.

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One of Craig and Jane together. There were too many colours fighting in this super-busy background. I took the last refuge of a scoundrel and just de-coloured them.

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Just one street scene showing the “buzz” in the city from the festival.

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This one of the Scott Monument and Princes Street. The sky was beginning to be very kind at this point.

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Sometimes a snap is the most joyful thing your camera should be employed for. The fast glass of the 50mm f1.8 prime certainly means a clean picture in really low light, but what matters is the capture of a fun time together; thanks everyone for our wee day out.

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I just love this picture. I was in a roadside lay by near the Roman garrison at Vindolanda  and I stepped out to survey the scene for its landscape potential. HB insisted on stepping out with me and then insisted she was cold; I gave up on the landscape but liked the backlight on her hair  but only had the time granted (by cold girl) for 3 quick clicks. This was the best of them. Her hair is awesome and it complements the long grass in the picture perfectly.

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Paisley has introduced a wonderful act of social art, in having many artists sponsored to decorate fibreglass lions which have been allowed to roam the town freely. This is part of their planning for the Paisley city of culture bid 2021 and it is one of my favourite things ever. My daughter and I went to find some of them yesterday, me with my camera, she with hers, and in an hour and a half of exploring we found that something magical was happening. people weren’t just looking at the lions, they were talking to each other. People even offered us spare lion maps and made sure we knew about the related smartphone app. Everyone loves them and they make me feel genuinely happy. A few snaps seem to be in order just to give you a flavour. If you like them come to Paisley and see them; it really feels like a wee town on the up again.

These two are of “Glade” by Maureen Rocksmoore. The skipping child was my co-photographer.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis beautiful cat is “Sun Lion” by David Marr. How can that not make you happy? It has inspired the inner Leo in HB here!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Mystique” by Maryann Wright. The town hall behind.

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“Summer Breeze” by Andrea Cumming

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“Roaring 60s” by Deven Bhurke”

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“A lion for all Seasons” by Margaret Fraser. This has roamed into a beautiful place in front of the Abbey. (Which has great gargoyles).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is kind of a favourite. I had to wait 5 minutes for people to clear the scene.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Babylon Bill” by Alice Dansey-Wright

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne final, busy shot of Mystique just to illustrate what is so delightful about this project, they have been unleashed into our midst, and provided there are no maulings, they have totally won the Paisley people over. This is a typical Paisley scene this summer!

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I’m officially on board rooting for Paisley again, how could I not be?

I can’t promise not to hunt down the rest of the big kitties!

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