Through the Lens 4-Kirkcudbright light

Where does the time go? Rhetorical question I know but it seems to go really fast sometimes and slows down at others. Have you noticed that? For instance, as I sit here writing this blog, time is going slowly as I wait for the delivery of kitchen appliances and a squad of men work on installing  new kitchen. I’m shut into the one room in the house  and the day drags on. I’m sure progress is being made but I’m almost afraid to see what is happening as the kitchen looks much worse on its way to its makeover (or so I hope).

Do I sound a bit despondent-yes, a little because my home feels invaded and although I knew this would happen, it doesn’t mean I embrace it fully!

Anyway, when have I had an experience of time whizzing by? Last weekend, I had a wonderful time in Dumfries and Galloway (South West Scotland for anyone who doesn’t know Scotland well). This is a part of Scotland that I often forget about and I think many people do. Heading south out of Scotland is the main transport artery -the M74- the south west is bypassed and we really only skirt the fringes and the temptation is to make for the border. But, if you were to turn off towards Dumfries which is the gateway to the south west you find wonderful rolling fields, pretty seaside villages, market towns humming with life and great local produce.

I was staying in Gatehouse of Fleet with a friend and her mother so that my friend and I could do a 1 day photography course with an experienced travel photographer, Philip Dunn. You may remember that last spring, I did a wildlife photography course at Loch Awe. Since then I’ve bought a bridge camera (somewhere between a wee digital and a DSLR), some filters and have been trying to improve through practice. This is the use of the wrong filter! Oops…but interesting

UNexpected outcomes

In reality, my photography has deteriorated but isn’t that just part of the learning cycle. Initially I didn’t know what I didn’t know so had no mental constraints. And then I learn a bit and realised how much I need to learn about light, colour, composition, shutter speeds, aperture………….and lots more. Too many combinations at first- a bit like learning to drive and not getting gear shifts, clutch control, steering working in harmony.

However, I really enjoyed the day with Philip and fellow photographic enthusiasts. We all had different cameras, different levels of experience and he offered something to everyone.

Here are a few of my photos that I like


The day passed really quickly as it always does when I’m learning and enjoying myself. I really recommend Philip as someone who is knowledgeable, skilled and, most important, passionate about what he does. What a fabulous world it would be if we were all able to do what we loved for at least some part of each day.




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