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I think we’ve established I love looking at other peoples photography in the same way many like art. My Twitter stream contains the exhibition that I can venture into and look around. Of course I have a love of our very own Britain too and the views it gives us. I have seen in and around the stream  that @BubsyBarr combines her love of what is around her with a great eye for something different. I was pleased she agreed to let me share her thoughts and views with you.

From the desk of Emma Barr

I’ve always loved photography, right from an early age whether it be in front of the camera or behind, although nowadays its generally behind!  I am still getting to grips with the technical side of photography such as aperture, shutter speed etc I just tend to point and fire.  I see something and then shoot, I always shot in auto first trusting my camera more than myself to get a good shot, only then will I fiddle around with the settings to try something different.  I love seeing the world around me through a lens, my sense of fear completely disappears when I have my camera in hand and will quite happily climb down to rocks or skip across rivers to get to where I need to be, I see something and just go for it, I always have done, with cries of ‘be careful’ hanging in the distance. The 10 I’ve chosen are my favourite 10 and I hope you all enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Glasgow’s Cenotaph

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The Cenotaph is situated in George Square, it was one of my first shots to be uploaded to public domain.  Behind the Cenotaph is the Glasgow City Chambers which opened in 1888, it is a stunning piece of architecture and great to photograph.  I particularly wanted to photograph this a night when it was all lit up with people milling about the square on a lovely summer’s evening.

Sunset At The Squinty Bridge

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The Clyde Arc is affectionately known as the ‘Squinty Bridge’ in Glasgow, another great piece of Glaswegian engineering and architecture.  This was the first ever shot taken with my Nikon that I received for my birthday this summer, just as I set up the camera the clouds parted and the sun shone through.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

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You may recognise this Viaduct from the Harry Potter films, the day I took this was a gloomy day and I had just missed the Steam train but you can still see the smoke lingering in the air.  Taking the shot from this angle I needed to perch on the side of a hill and I needed to get it quickly before I sunk further into the boggy ground!

Warm Fountain

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Fountains Abbey is in Yorkshire, I love this place as both a child and an adult.  The day I visited here I took over 200 shots, one of which became my first flickr explore.  This one however is my favourite, even though it was a rainy day there is still a gentle warmth about it.

Forth Rail Bridge (see top image)

Taken from Queensferry, the Forth Rail Bridge is my favourite bridge to photograph.  Queensferry itself is a lovely place to visit with its coffee bars, quaint houses and cobbled street, but this Bridge stands imposing  in the background.  I have taken many shots of this bridge but this one is my favourite the way the red stands out against the blue.

Steady As A Rock

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This waterfall is just past the Rest & Be Thankful on the way to Glencoe, I knew exactly where I need to be to get the shot I wanted, again it involved balancing precariously on the edge of a hill, one hand on the camera, the other holding onto a clump of grass.  I was surprised how well it came out for a long exposure shot and that the camera had managed to stay still.

Glasgow’s SECC

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The local nickname for the SECC is the Armadillo, this is where all the concerts and shows are held,  this shot was taken outside the BBC Scotland building so I could get the reflection and the cranes in the frame.  With the use of Lightroom 3 I managed to luminate the colours for a more ‘poster’ look.

A Photographer.s Silhouette

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A visit to St Andrews on a warm and sunny November led to another batch of water shots, most of which still have to be processed I took so many!  The sun was behind me and all I could see was the shot I wanted to take, it wasn’t until I got home that I saw my shadow!

The On Switch

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Park of Inverkip’s disused power station, this caught my eye! Having managed to gain access to the heart of the power station I found so much to shoot. This one though I feel a certain affection for, I feel it should be the next Disney character like Wall-E – there is just something about it!

Spirit Sun

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I love sunsets! This particular sunset was taken at the Campsie Fells just north of Glasgow, it was for me, a day of remembrance hence the title.  I used a filter to take this but hadn’t realised that I had put the wrong one on the lens, to my surprise it still came out well.  I was so pleased with the end result especially where there is a break in the clouds.

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  1. I can see why Emma’s photography caught your attention. So lovely!

    1. Paul Steele says:

      Hi Jodi,

      She has such a great eye.. thx

  2. Cathy Kennedy says:

    Brilliant pics again Paul and a place I know quite well (Glasgow) as I'm only 30mins down the M8 !! Beautifully captured

  3. first time on your blog, but already impressed. Beautiful shots

  4. Jeffrey Thompson says:

    Love your picture. You definately have a keen eye and a way of bringing photos to life.

  5. Robert Bell says:

    Stunningly beautiful photographs, taken with the eye of an artist. It is so encouraging to know that there are people like Emma Barr and Paul Steele who can inspire us to take a closer look at the world and be uplifted by it. Thank you!

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