Anticyclonic gloom …

According to our local BBC weatherman, Paul Mooney, we are suffering from ‘an anticyclonic gloom – cloud trapped under a high pressure with nowhere to go’.  In short, these are very dull days, none more so than today. This morning found us along the Military Road near Brunton Bank and Wall. In the past I would have left the bulky SLR at home and traveled light but the Fuji X100s is so compact with no lenses to carry/switch and such a delight to handle it would be stupid to leave it behind – it is techno-jewelry.

Inevitably something unexpected always pops up – today it was one proud tree, alone on a hill, not seeing the sun going down; and a gin gang.  With the help of Photoshop and OnOne you could be fooled into thinking the sun was shining – it wasn’t:

Tree on the hill ...Farm buildings ...

(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. harrienijland · February 11, 2015

    Fine photo’s, Robin. And I like: ‘Inevitably something unexpected always pops up’. Those are the moments. Most shots I planned, never made it, because the fun/passion, that was there when I planned them, somehow had faded. See you.

    • northumbrianlight · February 12, 2015

      Thanks Harrie – yes, I think the best results arise from spontaneity (and persistence if that isn’t a contradiction in terms) 🙂

  2. suej · February 11, 2015

    Great images, especially the tree, Robin. Carry the camera at all times is something I’m aiming to do now I’ve gone mirrorless! The freedom!

    • northumbrianlight · February 12, 2015

      You are right Sue, there is a sense of freedom with a simpler approach to the equipment. There was a very interesting discussion on Radio 4’s Front Row last night about how they shoot some TV productions by candlelight (e.g. Wolf Hall) using very fast new generation Leica lenses which ‘soak up light’ – the camera sees more than the human eye. This must be the next development for consumer cameras, just as applicable to mirror-less as DSLR.

      • suej · February 12, 2015

        Wow! Interesting….

  3. Pit · February 11, 2015

    Not gloomy at all: fantastic pictures. 🙂
    Have a good one,

    • northumbrianlight · February 12, 2015

      Many thanks and also for all the Twitter activity – I am not as active as I should be on that app.

      • Pit · February 12, 2015

        You can’t be active on all the social media, unless you want to spend 24 hours a day [ot more ;)] at the computer.
        Have a good one,

  4. Cate Franklyn · February 12, 2015

    Wonderful shots and photo treatments. Just love it!

    • northumbrianlight · February 12, 2015

      Many thanks Cate, much appreciated – some pleasing results from a very uninspiring day.

  5. LaVagabonde · February 12, 2015

    Nice treasures found on your walk. Something inevitable pops up indeed. I almost never leave home without at least taking a pocket-sized point and shoot. ‘Cuz you just never know…

    • LaVagabonde · February 12, 2015


    • northumbrianlight · February 12, 2015

      That’s right Julie, you never knows – actually, I find just having the camera makes me look at the world more intently which must be a good thing of itself.

  6. socialbridge · February 12, 2015

    Inevitably is the word! Love the barn and shed. Are they hives of activity?

    • northumbrianlight · February 12, 2015

      Sadly no sign of any activity at all Jean – I don’t know how operational the farm is, I may have just passed by at a quiet moment. I am sure the gin gang (or gin gan in some parts) is no longer working.

      • socialbridge · February 12, 2015

        That’s a pity. Hopefully next time you pass, you’ll find it buzzing with activity.

  7. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · February 13, 2015

    You’ve created something beautiful out of the grey gloom this week 🙂

  8. Beauty Along the Road · February 17, 2015

    That is one gorgeous tree – shapely and very crisp against the “gloomy” air.

    • northumbrianlight · February 17, 2015

      It stands out tall and proud on rising ground – just posing I suppose 🙂

  9. restlessjo · February 17, 2015

    That first one’s a beauty, Robin 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · February 18, 2015

      Thanks Jo, it was just begging to be taken – probably better now than in leaf.

  10. littledogslaughed · February 19, 2015

    Both of these are absolutely marvelous Robin-but that top one-that is a winner-I love the light and silhouette-wonderous!

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