Sofi’s bar – Upcoming exhibition

Sofi’s bar

Sofi’s bar, on Henderson Street, will be displaying a selection of my work throughout January. I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while now, and hope to see a good turnout for the opening.

The exhibition will be a mix of images from Leith and Edinburgh. I’ve quite a few new pieces which only a select few have so far seen. And, I’m hoping to manage a rather nice capture of Sofi’s bar itself in time for the opening – provided I don’t get frostbite taking a good long exposure shot.

When that opening might be depends on when, precisely, the current exhibition in Sofi’s bar ends. As soon as I have that cleared up I’ll be updating this poster design and letting people know. It’s certainly worth a visit too, the pieces on display are quite striking.

Now, there’s one piece I’d encourage folk to make sure they get along to Sofi’s and see during January. And, it’s on canvas. Come and find out what Edinburgh looks like from the 13th Floor.

No need to look for the secret button in a superstitious ‘elevator’.

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Starting a piece

Just starting on this

This is just before starting on “stage two” of developing an image for print. I take multiple shots of a subject, and “stage one” is developing those from digital negatives and combining them.

That process usually takes up to a half-day.

The above two images – my starting point for “stage two” – show one version blended for rich, almost over-saturated, colour. The other is for high detail.

Next, those then go through several open-source (GNU/Linux) image manipulation programs. Nothing gets touched by Photoshop. For a simple scene that’s probably going to be at least another day’s work to produce a multi-layered image file for printing at around A3 size. Sometimes, that’s the starting point for an even-more complex set of edits to emphasise specific details. That can involve up to a week’s work depending on the edits needed.

So, in other words, these two images could be more than a week away from being completed. Nothing when compared to the larger panoramic images I produce. Those can take more than a week to get to “stage two”.

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Bute House Streetlights

Bute House Streetlights

Bute House in Edinburgh is the official residence of the First Minister, currently Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP.

I captured this image back in February, but hadn’t got around to looking at the RAW files – let alone processing them – until now.

Bute House was taken off the Secretary of State for Scotland – a Westminster politician – in 1999; when the Scottish parliament was reconvened after nearly 300 years.

It’ss one of the ‘showpiece’ buildings of Edinburgh’s New Town. if you’ll pardon the joke – it’s an Adam’s. The city’s Provost commissioned plans for Charlotte Square from Robert Adam in 1791. Dying the following year, others completed the work. As one of the first parts constructed, on the north side of Charlotte Square, Bute House is considered faithful to the designs drawn up by Adams.

Edinburgh continued to grow from that point on, but this was one of the later buildings which can be considered part of the New Town.

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Site progress

Actually doing something …

Progress is – allegedly – the opposite of Congress. Today is the first sign of either since not long after I got this Wonders of WordPress hosting account.

I threw a bunch of images into the WordPress install, and called that “progress”. An update here and there, a bit of head-scratching over some page content, but not much progress since the last journal entry.

Procrastination instead of progress.

In the interim, I reworked images such as this one of South Leith Parish Church. The progress with this work is visible in the flag. Although, last time I looked at the spire the church was flying the Red Ensign.

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Oh hello

Everything on the world wide web is really just a work in process.

Under construction signs are thus redundant.

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