Ronpics Photography

Old Surroundings, New Buildings.

Well, what an interesting return to West College Scotland in Clydebank.

 When I left in 2019, they were constructing a building beside the college but it was not finished by the time I had left and to be honest no-one really had any idea what it was to be. Many of us thought it was a new health centre.  It turns out we got the H,e,a and t right.

This is the Queens Quay Heating Development.  A quite innocuous building too look at from a distance, but it boasts an amazing bit of architecture in it’s chimney. 

It is such an elaborate design of cladding/metalwork that not only catches the sun, but lights up a marvellous gold reflection when it does so…  Just spell bounding.

So, it was Frank, Cindy and myself, all former students that got a great surprise on return to an old stomping ground, where shots of the Titan Crane were all the rage – only because many photography tutors got sent into a rage if you even showed them a picture of it, there seems to be a new option to photograph for when the students return.  Hopefully that won’t be too long.

In a way I count myself lucky that I managed to do my studies pre-Covid. But I think many in my class would still have insisted I wore a mask… just for their own visual comfort.

Ronpics Photography

Street Photography in Glasgow

One thing I find most scary when it comes to photography is Street Photography.   There are many ideas of what actually constitutes what the term actually means.   For some it is the deliberate in your face, get a candid shot and show the bare bones of the human condition.  For others it is the somewhat voyeuristic look of watching people off guard.  Me?  I like it to be somewhere in between. 



Environment in Street Photography is the actual whole point of street photography, I think.  It is about not only capturing the subject, but subjects. There needs to be more than one thing to look at if it is a street photograph for me.  “Lived in” faces are fine, but they do not tell the whole story of that face. Indeed there are some who would argue that street photography does not actually need to have any humans at all, but then where is the reactions and interactions, and the body language that makes the picture? I think it is basically all about how you see it.  Which is why photography is so subjective.

Reactions/Interactions/Body Language

I think the pictures above represent most what I think Street Photography is, reactions can be passive interactive or even unknown.  The first pic is definitely in the ‘unknown’ because only one of the subjects can see the advert in the bus shelter.  The next picture shows passive where the 3 subjects are walking along the usually busy Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow.  The last shows a bit of reaction as this US police car sits on St.Vincent Street and is noticed by the man passing by. 

Street Photography can be daunting, but isn’t the current climate much the same?



Ronnie Murphy Photography

More, More Macro.

Well, when you read about a little bit of glass that goes on the end of your lens and turns it into a macro lens, then you wonder to yourself, “what can it do on the end of a macro lens?”   I was about to find out today when I took the Raynox 250 out of the box and stuck it on the end of my 100mm canon lens which is a flagship macro. 

 To say I am  impressed is more than an understatement, and really the quality and sharpness that this add-on which clips on the filter thread of any lens (macro or not) gives out, makes you understand why it sells for £60. If you have ever used inferior single thick glassed elements you’ll know these are cheap and not really up to the job. Don’t get me wrong £60 is a lot of money but in the photography world where a half decent Macro lens can cost 8-10 times that then it is worth the punt.  Would I recommend it?  Totally.  Here’s some pictures from today at Pollok Park. 

Next up… using the Raynox with extension tubes and from what I have seen elsewhere the macro journey is going to get a lot more interesting from hereon in. 

Sunrise and Sillhouettes

July roadtrip.

Well, it has been a while since I last did a blog post.  Various factors from just sheer laziness… *cough* to the Covid-19 lockdown *no cough thankfully* have prevented me from a roadtrip.   Truth be told, the Scottish weather certainly hasn’t helped.    But on Monday night, I got up early and headed for a wee trip to Edinburgh.   It has been some time since I had the mojo or the will to actually do anything with the camera, so when you have the urge it’s best not to ignore it.

 When I got to the Forth Bridges (there are 3 that span across the Firth of Forth) it was almost time for Sunrise… and I set up the GoPro to try and get a timelapse. As per, it was pointed away from the right place so that was no use.   So headed down to Queensferry and the amazing structure that is the Forth Rail Bridge. 

Heading further on to Dundee/Perth I visited the gorgeous town of Muthill in Perthshire.   The flowers were amazing in the sunlight – I had picked the right day for it.  Muthill is obviously a very community minded town as they had a big competition of who could best display off their flowers.  They also had an old red telephone box for people to take or leave games and groceries for those that needed them. 

It was while I was in the old parish church which is now just a shell, I noticed a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly and managed to catch it as it landed on one of the gravestones.  The church has graves from as early as the 17th century. 

Then it was on to Comrie, an even smaller town that is famous for having a POW camp called Cultybraggan.    It was here I noticed an old barn and thought it looked very dramatic against the skyline.  

 On the way home I dropped off at Callander where there is the picturesque Loch Lubnaig which was being used for some open air swimming.  

A good day, both mentally and physically.  Things are starting to get better. 


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May’s Blog

May has been a particularly terrible month. From the Coronavirus claiming more and more lives and to the deaths of some old friends I would take out on trips with Erskine.  As I type, we have only started phase one of the relaxation of lockdown.  We are now allowed to meet friends outside as long as we socially distance at 2 metres.  Schools are looking to return on August 11th.   

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. 

Anyways, here’s some pictures I have taken this month!   

Dandelion seeds are amazing specimens for Macro.  I love how they look like little fireworks. 

The Honey bee was nearly nigh on impossible to keep up with but managed eventually. 

A Large daisy saw some little samples of natures reliance at work with two insects helping it to progress. Next, yet another Daisy that has yet to open up. 

A very tiny forget-me-not bunch and some blackfly finish off this mostly macro month.