Thursday, August 31, 2006

Magnus Davidson

Magnus Davidson, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Here is a portrait shot of the lad, waiting for the start of the "Future Stars Race" in George Square Glasgow, as part of the tour of Britain. People shots are something I'm working on, but as I photo Magnus a lot, he is quite used to it, and pretty unselfconscious. In this case there is no awareness of me at all, as I was a fair bit away using a zoom, and he was pretty focused on the race.

The event itself was pretty cool. The Tour of Britain was leading from Glasgow Green the next day, and there was a Grand Prix city race around George Square the previous evening. Before the main event there was a Youth "Future Stars" event where the best young Scottish cyclists got a chance to race in front of a huge crowd in the centre of Scotland's largest city.

Magnus was just back from a weeks training and racing in Belgium with the Scotland Braveheart Squad, and was keen to do well. The race was 25 mins + 5 laps. He led the race for most of early stages, then settled down in 2nd and 3rd place waiting for the final sprint, but when it came his legs were just too tired from the the previous week's intensive work.... He came in 5th.

I was pretty proud though - he gave it all, and by gosh did he look the part.

There was a nice postscript - he was invited to be join a small group of kids who led the start of the tour of Britain in Glasgow Green the next day.

Friday, August 25, 2006

First of 200

First of 200, originally uploaded by ccgd.

This is a nice dark moody shot of the Beatrice Windmill being towed out between the Sutors.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Never shoot into the sun

Never shoot into the sun, originally uploaded by ccgd.

A Cruise ship sails behind a semi-sub rig in the Cromarty Firth.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Lighthouse sunset

Lighthouse sunset, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The Lighthouse may now be dim, but the sky over Cromarty certainly makes up for it!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Between the Sutors

Between the Sutors, originally uploaded by ccgd.

This is the first of two demonstrator windmills, the start of a planned 200 windmill windfarm based around the Beatrice Oil Field, in the Inner Moray Firth. This is one of the largest off-shore windmills built in the UK, and certainly the windmill built in the deepest water.

Assembled at Nigg this shows the windmill being towed out between the Sutors in the Crane Barge Rambiz.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Watching the Ships

Watching the Ships, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Cromarty Beach and Links - and the emigration stone.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Alhambra columns

Alhambra columns, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The Carlos V palace in the Alhambra. Wonderful classical lines. I snapped this in the two quiet minutes between hordes of tourists (Ruth and I were visitors of course...)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Reflections of Childhood

Reflections of Childhood, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Cromarty Beach and Nigg.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

North of Scotland Champion

North of Scotland Champion, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Magnus winning the North of Scotland Road Championship at RAF Kinloss. Kind of weird to have cycling race surrounded by armed airman.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ruth in the Alhambra

Ruth in the Alhambra, originally uploaded by ccgd.

A Zoom shot that I am pretty pleased with.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Anarchist poster in Toledo

Anarchist poster in Toledo, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The 70th Anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil war celebrated in an Anarchist poster in Toledo. The city was covered in Anarchist graffiti, mainly from the CNT, a strange time warp for those familiar with Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia".

Friday, August 04, 2006

Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Looking up just before the sun set - wonderful colours.

Much nicer outside than in - very oppressive.