Beach and Seaside

Culzean Castle Ayrshire DJI Phantom 3 Standard

I picked up a new DJI phantom 3 Standard after my flyaway a few months ago, this time I have stickers and my phone number on the drone and added a TK-102 GPS tracking device to the drone.

Culzean Castle DJI
Culzean Castle DJI

I took the drone for an outing at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire a few miles from our home.

Culzean Beach
Culzean Beach

Sunset was not fantastic but still a nice silent calm in the air. I took some stills at put some of the footage together for a wee video of the Scottish coastline along Ayrshire.

Dunure Sunset with the Sony A7R

A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to trade in my trusty Nikon D800 and join the mirrorless revolution. I had been thinking of making the change for a long time and seeing as I had killed my D800 again on my last trip to Thailand I thought now was the time… and TBH I wish I had made the change years ago. Carrying all that weight around before, here I have a pretty much similar setup (if not better) for a fraction of the size and weight!

This is the first proper shoot with the Sony A7R and I decided to head 5 mins down the road from my house to catch a sunset at Dunure. Even though it’s close it’s taken me over 2 years to visit Dunure 🙂

Dunure Sunset
Dunure Sunset

Donald Trump Turnberry Lighthouse

The Trump Turnberry is a golf resort on the coast of the outer Firth of Clyde in southwestern Scotland. Located in South Ayrshire on the rugged coast, it comprises three links golf courses, a golf academy, a five-star James Miller-designed hotel from 1906, along with lodge and cottage accommodations. The prominent rock island Ailsa Craig is readily visible to the southwest.

24 metres high, with 76 steps to the top, the Turnberry Lighthouse has marked the coastline in these parts since 1873. Rising out of the mists to greet ships for over a hundred years, this quintessential icon is one of Turnberry’s most powerful charms. Originally commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Board to warn passing vessels away from nearby Bristo Rock, the lighthouse is the oldest man-made structure on the Turnberry premises-with the exception of the remains of the 13th-century castle of Robert the Bruce that it marks.

The lighthouse was designed by David and Thomas Stevenson, celebrated engineers and part of the same family of the even more celebrated author, Robert Louis Stevenson. The initial plan to erect the lighthouse on the Rock itself proved too dangerous so Turnberry Point was chosen as the nearest practical site on the mainland. The foundations of the lighthouse stand in what was once the moat of Turnberry Castle, thought to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce in 1274. The first light beamed across the waters on 30 August 1878, showing one flash every 12 seconds (now every 15 seconds) and, in line with every other lighthouse in the UK, was automated in 1986.

Donald Trumpton

Sunrise over Galveston Pier

Sunrise over Galveston Pier — in Galveston, TX. Have to say I don’t like getting up early for sunrise shots, but was my last morning in Texas and decided it was now or never. So set my alarm for 4.30am and took the 40 minute drive from League city into Galveston.

sunrise over galveston pier
sunrise over galveston pier

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