Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

BBC Scotland

I had forgotten about this photograph which I took last year on a trip to my hometown of Glasgow. Whilst searching for something completely different this was thrown up by Lightroom based on the “keyword” red.

And so to the photograph. It was a sec exposure at f11 and ISO 100. I used a tripod and a remote shutter release as I couldn’t have any movement. otherwise it would have turned out blurred. But if you look at the clouds you can see that they are blurred due to them moving during the period the shutter was open. One of those things, can’t be helped, but I sort of like it anyway.

The building you can see reflected has, as you can guess, something to do with BBC Scotland, which is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. BBC Scotland is responsible for broadcasting in Scotland and produces about 15,000 hours of programming for television and radio in both Scotland and the rest of the UK.

It’s a bit of a short article this week as I’ve been working flat-out on a project to photograph 10 churches before the end of the month. The project requires specific items to be photographed in each church and so I’m spending two to three hours in each one, moving around taking photographs. It can be quite weird at times, these old building creak and groan, especially when it’s windy. Normally it doesn’t bother me but in one church I had a bit of scare. Maybe scare is not the right word here, more of a start.

Anyway, I’m in this beautiful church and I had just gone upstairs to the tiers above to take some photographs looking down to the pews and stained glass windows below.

That’s when I heard something scurrying away across the wooden floor of the balcony. I couldn’t see it but it sounded too big to be a mouse. Thoughts of “The Rats by James Herbert” came to mind at this point. If you’ve never read the book it opens by introducing the reader to an alcoholic vagrant, resting in an abandoned and forgotten lock-keeper’s house by a canal. As he is ruminating over the injustices inflicted upon him in his life, he is suddenly set upon by a pack of dog-sized rats.

Ugh! I hate rats…..


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16 replies to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

  1. Beautiful capture Mike – but I won’t ask why you were searching on RED for a reflections challenge LOL. Hope you’ll post a link to your story when it’s ready!


    1. Hello Tina. I wasn’t looking for something for “reflection” when I was keywording RED. No something completely different. A red sky to be precise but not this particular one.


    1. Like me. I left Glasgow in the early 70’s and didn’t go back for a long time. In the last few years I try to go back about once a year but I’d never settle there.


    1. Not a problem really. But recently I had a conversation with another photographer (?) who was banging on about blurred clouds and cloudy waterfalls.


    1. I had a great time in Glasgow, Patti. It was a cold night, bitterly cold in fact but flat calm, no wind. So the river was pretty still, which made for some great reflections. I covered a couple of miles that night, both sides of the river taking photographs.

      I’d love to go back to Vegas, again. But this time only for photography.


  2. Can I just say … I am Awe struck … this photo is absolutely Mesmerizing … I feel like seeing a stil from fantsay movie …. Beautifully Captured 🙂


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