Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fruit Salad

Spent most of the day inside so made a rather rough cut fruit salad with some of the fruit bowl contents. Image taken with halogen lamp & 105mm/2.8 on Nikon D800.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Clondaw Knight

Peter Buchanan on Clondaw Knight seconds after crossing the line to win the second at Kelso on Saturday 9th November 2013

Kelso Races

One man gambling on making a killing at the races is always the bookie. Seen here counting some notes at the end of the day at Kelso Races.
Below Brian Harding on Brieryhill Boy is the early leader in The Ship Inn, Dalkeith Novices' Handicap Steeple Chase, the second race at Kelso on Saturday November 9th 2013.

Civil Unrest

Dale Irving en-route to the winning post on Civil Unrest. Winning The David McLean 7/7 Memorial Novices' Handicap Hurdle Race at Kelso on Saturday November 9th 2013.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Nikon Df

Nikon's famous "f" finally follows fashion in the digital age. Taking a leaf from Fuji's retro X-Pro1 Japan's foremost camera legacy company has joined the look-a-like fray with a digital version of its 1970's classic the FM. Some site's like fstoppers say that it represents everything wrong with photography and is purely a fashion accessory.
I beg to differ, the first three orders where I work are all from professional photographers. Why would they waste £2.5K on a trinket? There are many things to like, the use of a cable release thread for remote just like my D100 and many film cameras is a neat touch. At last a Nikon DSLR with speeds on a dial not an LCD display. Iso the same, I'd have gone the whole hog and made it manual only. Unlike my FM2n it has all the latest flash modes including auto FP for running beyond the normal sync speed. If I'd not bought a D800 last year I might be tempted, but perhaps..........

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Laurie Campbell

Scotland's premier wildlife lens-man swapped hide for hall last night. Laurie Campbell, 54,  from Paxton, near Kelso, travelled to Penicuik to present his latest photography lecture on the country's native wildlife.

Images were taken on a broad geographical range from frogs in his garden pond to golden eagles nesting in Harris. Mr Campbell, who is known to spend days cooped up in a homemade 2m³ hide halfway up a cliff, snapping the top raptor, went into some of the complex methods he uses to snare his prey.

In addition to building simple wooden boxes covered in canvas and camouflaged with scrub, Mr Campbell explained how he uses perspex fish-tanks to photograph subjects such as Salmon spawning. Animals illsutrated during his talk included red squirrels, bats, trout, dolphins, seals, moths, damsel fly, badgers and birds from the humble robin to elusive owls. 

I was a little surprised to learn that deer carcases were used as bait to enable images of eagles' feeding and of the hazlenut trails laid to entice behaviour in red squirrels. Tempting badgers almost into the house with scraps of food also seemed to me at odds with the wildlife imagery we see on the BBC. It led me to ponder how many amazing images we see are set up over a long period of time.

Whatever my views and thoughts about the methods, Mr Campbell's sheer professionalism and commitment to his subject shone through. From two weeks stuck off road when his camper-van sank to the axles in a bog to weeks at a time camping on uninhabited islands,  he demonstrated the determination needed in any creative field to move beyond the ordinary.

He showed the span of his work from early images with manual focus film cameras using notoriously tricky Kodak Ektachrome film to amazing digital images using top quality optics, wireless release and the latest cameras.

An inspirational lecture in the age of the iphone for anyone trying to capture nature in all its moods..........

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Saltire Special

Amazing light on the autumnal hills behind Cardrona Golft Course this evening and then a rainbow made a fleeting appearance.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Best Pals do Racing

These two "Likely Lads" at Kelso Races saw my posh camera and wanted to pose. One quick snap, not quite tack sharp with 100mm/2.8 at f2.8 + a dash of flash.


Ryan Hatch and Foundry Square took a tumble during the Second Race at Kelso on Saturday 19th October. The brown gelding trotted off but Mr Hatch took somewhat longer to get to his feet.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Delicate pink Sorbus berries on a tree at Dawyck Botanical Garden near Peebles (Nikon D800 + 105mm macro lens)

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Push Me

Jockey Adrian Lane on "Push Me" one second from winning the seventh at Kelso on Sunday 6th October 2013. Nikon D800 + 50mm, manual mode ISO 100 1/80th f11 panned.

Fifth Race Form

A punter at Kelso Races on Sunday 6th October 2013 checks his selection for the fifth race at 4.15pm

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Fast changing stormy weather creates a pot of gold opportunity near Innerleithen this afternoon.

Tour of Britain

Grim faced Team Sky riders on the Peloton's front as the 2013 race starts in Peebles.  Pro-team riders, more used to sunny continental climes, were lashed by wind and rain as they headed across the Scottish Borders, at the start of the 721 mile race. As early risers Geraldine and I picked up two Tour of Britain limited edition (100 only) mugs courtesey of Coltman's, where we enjoyed a gourmet breakfast. I did not spot Sir Bradley Wiggins but Geraldine told me he's shaved his sideburns - now he's partied with Weller. 

Tour of Britain Mugs

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Descending the Lost Valley

Paul Newby and Tim Leeney descending The Lost Valley, Glencoe.

Stob Coire Nan Lochan

Ascending Stob Coire Nan Lochan, Glencoe en-route to Bidean Nam Bian on Tuesday 10th September 2013. The road snaking through Glncoe is picked out by a patch of sunshine in the background.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Beinn a'Chaorainn

September 5th 2013: Lunch on the summit of Beinn a'Chaorainn, taken in colour, converted to black and white and selectively coloured in the camera.

Discussing the View

Munroists discuss the view from Beinn a'Chaorainn with the aid of a 1 inch to the mile contour shaded map.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Peebles Show 2013

A prizewinning display at Peebles Show on Sunday 25th August 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Looking South from Holyrood Park in the early evening, Nikon D800 + 28mm Series E lens and polariser. As usual click to see large.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dawyck Plant

Unidentified plant at Dawyck Botanical Garden today - click to view large

Friday, August 09, 2013

Taking a Rest

Geraldine photographed a bumble bee sitting on a meconopsis seed head as it takes a drink from a geranium. Click on image to enlarge

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Peebles Old Parish Church

Peebles Old Parish Church Tower silhouetted at dusk a bird can be seen top left. Nikon D800 + 70-300mm VR ISO1600 + fill flash. Click on image to enlarge.


Rushes at Sunset

Drying the Onions

Drying our first crop of allotment onions - no great photo techniques!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cloud Inversion

Mist shrouds Penicuik but the Pentland hills jut out of the inversion at about 10pm this evening. I did not have a tripod in the boot and used ISO 1600 on the D800 + 28mm/2.8

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blue Cornflour

Blue Cornflour (Centaurea cyanus) bud about to open. Nikon D800 + 60mm lens 1:1 lifesize.

Friday, July 19, 2013

River Tweed Canoeing

A pair of canoeists head upstream from Manor Bridge on the River Tweed. In the shallow waters, as the temperasture hit 28°C, they had to pick a deep channel to maintain motion.

Cooling Off

As the mercury hit 28° Centigrade a dad and his son cool off in Peebles' River Tweed. The duo found they had to paddle at times to gain headway as the water was too shallow to float thier inflated tractor inner tube. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hay Bales

Freshly cut and baled hay in a field near Eddleston photographed with a short telephoto lens. We took a breather from the heat (26 degrees centigrade) on a drive back from Edinburgh. At this point in the lane there are overhanging trees creating deep shade. We enjoyed a flask of coffee and Rich Tea biscuits! Earlier int he day we had visited a number of bicycle shops hunting for a new bike for Geraldine. We also enjoyed lunch on the corner at Cafe Artista in Marchmont, great pizzas.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Meconopsis Seed Heads

Meconopsis seed heads on the left photographed against morning light with a Nikon D800 and 180mm lens: 1/1250th f2.8 on the right by Geraldine Davey with a Nikon 105mm lens 

Sunday, June 30, 2013


The Queen will climb at least 39 steps before opening a new Peebles museum. The John Buchan museum, which the Queen opens on Wednesday honour's Lord Tweedsmuir, Peeble's best known literary son. Later, but without returning via Waverley  or taking tea at Marmions in Melrose, the royal party will move on to Sir Walter Scott's former home Abbotsford near Galashiels which has undergone a multi-million pound restoration. 

As I photographed Abbotsford from the opposite side of the River Tweed this mum and her eight ducklings swam past. (Click on Either image to enlarge)

Friday, June 28, 2013


Just thinking I've not seen a hedgehog for ages and one walked across my track at 11pm last night. Lucky camera's have built in flashes as even with a super high ISO it would not have been possible to photograph this prickly portrait. (Click on image to enlarge)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eildon Hills

Sunlight bathes cows in the folds of a field between Galashiels and Melrose. In the background the Eildon hill's lower slopes are covered in flowering gorse and broom. (Click on image to enlarge)