Pitlochry 2010 – Panoramas

Some quick photomerges from Celticsoc’s 2010 trip to Pitlochry. I haven’t bothered altering the levels on any of the individual photos before the merges, as I wanted to try & get them up quickly. (Edit: 6 months is quickly, right?) Click for bigger versions. The one above was actually from the 2009 trip, but I don’t have an entry for that so I thought I’d put it here too – scroll down to the bottom to see the 2010 version, though the weather wasn’t so good for that particular shot.

Walking the longer route from Moulin back to Pitlochry.

In stark contrast to last year, there was ice all about.

Down by the loch. The branches at the top sort of ruined this one, but I didn’t notice at the time. Fairly noticable chromatic aberration of the branches against the sky, but I probably had the apeture set to auto instead of stopping down like a sensible person. Possibly a candidate for content-aware fill.

Don’t think we went past this bit last year. Still ice floating out on the loch in places.

Looking back from the dam. Took one looking the other way toward Ben Y Vrackie last year that I’ll dig up some time.

This year’s version of the photo at the top of the page. The light wasn’t quite as nice this year, but I couldn’t really control that!

Setup timeline

Progression of my home computer setup/workstation/battlestation/whatever, from 2006 at the bottom of the page to the most recent at the top of the page.

Dundee, April 2017

St Andrews, March 2017

St Andrews, February 2017

St Andrews, June 2016

St Andrews, June 2015

St Andrews, January 2015


St Andrews, June 2014


St Andrews, July 2013

St Andrews, April 2013

St Andrews, March 2013

St Andrews, July 2012

St Andrews, July 2012

St Andrews, June 2012

St Andrews, May 2012

St Andrews, August 2011

St Andrews, April 2011

St Andrews, June 2010

St Andrews, February 2010

St Andrews, October 2009

St Andrews, August 2009

St Andrews, June 2009

St Andrews, February 2009

St Andrews, January 2009

St Andrews, November 2008

St Andrews, October 2008

St Andrews, June 2008

St Andrews, May 2008

St Andrews, April 2008

St Andrews, January 2008

St Andrews, December 2007

St Andrews, November 2007

St Andrews, September 2007

Rugby, July 2007

Aberystwyth, May 2007

Aberystwyth, April 2007

Aberystwyth, February 2007

Aberystwyth, December 2006

Aberystwyth, October 2006

Rugby, August 2006

Dunnottar Castle

Took a trip with my parents on Monday this week up the coast to Dunnottar Castle.

Precarious approach to the castle.

A different angle from the same spot. Sun was out a bit more for this one too.

The view from the headland where you can see the people on the right in the top photograph. No fence at the edge of the cliff, so remember where you are whilst you’ve got your face pressed to the camera!

A better look at the cliffs on this side of the headland. Can’t imagine they got many visitors from across the sea.

Beautiful weather whilst we were there. Sea level is over a hundred feet beneath this photo, so that water can’t be a well & must be collected otherwise.

Nice doorway into the chapel. Wonder what the door would have looked like?

Lovely lichen covering all of the stonework.

Nice thick walls to keep you warm during the Scottish winters. And guess what – they all have a sea view!

It would have to be a brave army to try to scale the cliffs at the back of the castle!

Nice spot to eat lunch. This wasn’t originally a garden, as it is actually ‘indoors’ if you see what I mean.

For the return trip we took one of the old military roads that climbed up to around 1500ft at its highest point. The clouds had rolled back in by this point so there wasn’t much to see from Cairn O’Mount except for grey scenery as far as the eye could see. We passed through Falls of Feugh before we started up into the hills, which is a prime location to watch salmon jumping upstream when it comes to the right season. Because of the recent heavy rainfall, the falls were a bit more violent than usual & had taken on a ‘Coke’ colour as my mother described it!

Coastal Walk Wildlife

My parents are in town for a few days & this morning we went for a walk along the coastal path heading out of St Andrews from East Sands. Took a few photos of rocks & such & a few panoramas, but haven’t stitched any of those together yet. We were quite surprised at the number of butterflies about though, considering the weather – in fact, one of the reasons that they stayed still long enough to photograph was because they were too cold to fly! This was taken with the Pentax Optio A30 in automatic mode – didn’t want to risk it flying away whilst I was setting up the shot manually! Not bad macro capabilities for an ultra-compact.