A Wintry Munro: Ben Lomond

Ian Homer Photography. Striding along the snowy summit ridge in misty conditions

Striking out along the snowy summit ridge, ice axe in one hand, walking pole in the other, in misty conditions. Beware corniced edges.
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The most southern of the peaks over 3000ft catalogued by Sir Hugh Munro , Ben Lomond rises out of the east side of the tranquil and deep waters of the loch by the same name. A peak within easy access of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, it’s a familiar and benign introduction for many people to the ancient kingdom’s larger mountains. Benign in most seasons that is: go in the grip of winter and it can be another beastie altogether.

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Ben Venue

I had a few days in Scotland last week and whilst the weather was reasonably good i.e. not throwing it down – rain or snow, my bro and I headed out into the hills just North of Glasgow.

The following is a 14.5 km (9 mile) walk taking in Ben Venue which is a modest hill of 729m.

Ben Venue signpost. A rarity in Scotland this path is pretty much way-marked right up to high levels

A rarity in Scotland this path is pretty much way-marked right up to high levels (click to enlarge pics)

We chose this one as the cloud base was fairly low that day and we wanted at least a chance of seeing a view from the top!

Parking up in a lay-by in Ledart we headed up the track off the road there and made our way across the small burn (stream) on a way marked path into the woodland.

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Back in the Day

Pyg track, Snowdon, Wales, UK by Ian Homer. Digital copy of  hand print - negative shot on 35mm.

Digital copy of hand print – negative shot on 35mm film in summer 1994. (click to enlarge)
Pyg Track, Snowdon, Wales, UK.

I found this print again the other day whilst having a rummage for something else. Given the current liking for digital effects filters such as Instagram and as of today, Twitter, offer and the superficial similarity with the way this image looks here, I thought it would be worth talking about.
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Flaming Cuts

Netta Chachamu lights the last of the flames and holds her candle in silent vigil.

3/12/12 Cardiff. International Day of People with Disability and anti-ATOS protest held by disability rights campaigners Disabled People Against Cuts at the foot of the statue of Aneurin Bevan – founder of the NHS. Campaigner Netta Chachamu lights the last of the flames and holds her candle in silent vigil.

On Monday 3rd December, in Cardiff, protesters from Disabled People Against Cuts spelled out their message for International Day of People with Disability on the pavement, in front of the statue of NHS founder, Aneurin Bevan.

Protesters claim that Atos – a private company contracted by the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) – has been pressurising many people with their current Work Capability Assessment (for Incapacity Benefit), to seek work who in no-way can or should be asked to; sometimes, seemingly, with dire consequences.
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In Memory and In Hope.

Sharon who sadly passed away not 2 years after this photo was taken, from HIV/AIDS

Sharon, ~ 8, from Katwe, Kampala, Uganda

It’s 2012 and so much stigma still surrounds HIV/AIDS. It’s sad, completely unnecessary and most of all it gets in the way and leads to more tragedy.

Sharon, pictured above, touched my heart. She was the first person I ever met who subsequently succumbed to this dreadful disease. She would have most likely been infected either during pregnancy or when she was born or possibly through breast-feeding. When she sat for this portrait in June 2004 she would have been around 8 years old – her exact age wasn’t known.
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Gaza Protest – then and now

Hyde Park, London, 10th January 2009. Placards and masks. Protest against the Israeli bombing of Gaza.

Hyde Park, London, 10th January 2009. Protest against the Israeli bombing of Gaza. Those gathered at the rally held the more common placards and also these large painted masks several feet tall above them.

This image was made on 10th January 2009, but it could have so easily been today. Hyde Park was literally freezing cold that day and as the rally finished, press photographers were allowed up on stage; this was the rather eerie yet symbolic view on a 80-200mm lens looking towards the back of the assembled crowd.
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Autumn in the Usk Valley

Autumn sun through beech trees, Bulmore Road, Monmouthshire

Sunlight falls across the leafy Bulmore Road, Usk Valley, Monmouthshire in Autumn

After I had taken the new site live to the world the other day I decided it was high time I went out for a ride on the bike. For those that don’t know me well, I’m more than just a bit of a keen cyclist.  On this occasion, it being one of those rarities in Wales; a bright and sunny Autumn day, I headed out into the Usk valley via Newport, slung a camera into a back-pack and saw what interesting landscape images would catch my eye.

From Cardiff it’s about a 45-50 mile return trip if you cycle all the way to Usk – the market town that sits on the river of the same name ; and  given the days are short now I made up my mind not to go as far as that but cut it short. (see cycle route map & stats here)

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Hello and Welcome

Ian H in action at the beachThe new site has been a fair while in production. Trying to get a good balance between clear, concise and yet cover the bases is never easy. I hope you like the end result.

Initially I plan on using this space to talk about current issues in photography, share a few of my own approaches on technique and also pick some of the images in the site and tell the back-story of how they came about.

If you have any ideas and suggestions or comments about the site in general please feel free. Also, if you’d like to know the story behind any specific photo on the site please let me know and I’ll see if I can add a post on it.

Thanks for looking!

Over and out,

Ian

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