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Border Blue Sky

By |2019-05-17T13:13:59+01:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: The Test Strip Photoblog|Tags: , , , , , , |

East Coast railway train crossing the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland.
East Coast railway train crossing the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland.

It was a quick hop, skip and a jump over the Scottish border last weekend with blue skies high above. The weather couldn’t have been any better. It was far removed from the mist and rain of Edinburgh a few weeks before.

The last time I’d visited the borders was in 1992. That visit was part of a family holiday that achieved legendary status. In 15 days we visited various locations in Northumberland, moved into the border areas of Scotland and then finished the holiday in the Lake District. None of it had been planned.

Some twenty-seven years later I found myself travelling back along that same road heading north.

St Abbs (twinned with New Asgard)

A last minute booking found a rather nice old coach house near St Abbs, a beautiful Scottish fishing village. Just recently the harbour in St Abbs was seen in the Avengers Endgame movie as New Asgard – Thor’s new home. It looks and feels a lot like visiting a Cornish fishing village, especially if the weather is favourable.

St Abbs is a well-known location to divers. A boat full of divers were heading out as we arrived. Suddenly the alarm went for the lifeboat. Men dashed down to the lifeboat station, the doors opened and the lifeboat was lowered down to the water. Everything became clearer a few minutes later. Another diving boat came into shore at speed and it was only as it got closer that you could see someone on the deck performing CPR. Sadly a diver had got into trouble and had to be taken away by ambulance.

St Abbs may have been in a Hollywood movie but top billing had to go to the weather. Blue skies with occasional clouds floating by made the weekend feel more like August rather than May. The light was just perfect and reminded me of the quality of light you get in Cornwall. I was only away for the weekend but it felt more like five or six days. It’s always good to recharge the old batteries.

Bass Rock

Further up the coast is Bass Rock, a huge domineering piece of rock that was a prison at one point in its history. The photograph of the rock was taken from the impressive Tantallon Castle. It took some time for the ship to get into the frame as it made its way to the port at Leith.

At first, I thought there were small marks were debris on the camera sensor. Only later, when I was viewing the image in Photoshop, did I realise it was hundreds of birds in the air around the rock. The rock is home to over 150,000 gannets as well as shags, guillemots, razorbills and seals.

The lighthouse is built on what remains of a castle but the key role that the rock had during the 16th and 17th century was that of a prison. James I of Scotland sent his political enemies to the rock during the 15th century and later covenanter martyrs were sent there after Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland in the 1650s. These days the only residents are the birds.

Bass Rock - a bird colony, a site for a lighthouse and, in the past, a prison.
Bass Rock – a bird colony, a site for a lighthouse and, in the past, a prison.

By the River Tweed

Berwick Upon Tweed is a town I’ve passed through on the train quite often, but my last actual visit was in 1992. Where do the years go?

The River Tweed runs through the town and the three bridges crossing the river are iconic. The Royal Border Bridge is a very impressive piece of architecture dating from the 1840s. The railway bridge is so well engineered and constructed that very little adjustment has been needed for it to handle the heavier, modern trains. The only repair work required by the bridge took place in the mid-1990s. A nice recent addition (2009) is a lighting system that can illuminate the bridge in a variety of colours.

The photograph at the top of the post was taken along the fantastic riverside path running next to the River Tweed. The viewpoint for photographing the bridge and trains crossing was perfect.

Up and Away

With the weekend over it was back to base. The plan is to have more quick weekend visits to other areas close at hand. Spur of the moment type trips. Lindisfarne, Kielder forest and more Scottish border locations are just a short drive away.

Picfair Personalised Store

By |2018-09-26T11:51:16+01:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Picfair store website screen shot

Earlier this month, i posted news about Picfair’s new print service where images can be purchased as canvas wraps, framed prints and Giclee art prints.

Picfair have followed this up with a dedicated personalised store page for its photographers. The current page design is very simple, but more options for further styling of the store’s layout are planned.

You can visit the Richard Flint Photography Picfair store page at https://richflintphoto.picfair.com/

Picfair Print Service

By |2018-09-07T15:23:13+01:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Glencoe, Highlands of Scotland – one of many images available as a print at Picfair

Picfair has recently launched a print service with a range of products and options. Picfair say about the new service:


From September 3rd, unless a photographer has opted out of Picfair Prints, every image they’ve uploaded to the site will have a “printed products” button next to the licensing options. From there, customers can order images as framed prints, canvases, or professional prints, in a range of sizes and shipped anywhere in the world.


Introducing Picfair Prints : Picfair Blog

Richard Flint Photography currently has over a hundred images on Picfair, inlcuind landscape images from Norfolk and the Highlands of Scotland, all of which are now available to buy as framed prints, canvases, or professional prints. Options include frame colour, square, portrait or landscape orientation and the ability to crop and position the image.

More details an be found at https://www.picfair.com/blog/post/introducing-picfair-prints

The Richard Flint Photography Picfair page can be found at https://www.picfair.com/users/richflintphoto

Picfair Top Ten Pick

By |2018-03-11T00:01:28+01:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

I was very pleased when last week one of my photographs was featured on the Picfair blog in the post ‘Picfair’s Top 10 Image Uploads of the Week: 9th March‘.

The photograph was a recent image upload to Picfair shot during a snowstorm while walking in Consett, a town in the north east of England, at the start of the ‘Beast from the East’ winter storm that took hold of much of the UK in late February and early March. The photo was taken on the way back from shopping in the town, just as the snowfall had started to increase.

The image was also featured on the Picfair Twitter feed on March 8th.

Nearly eighty images by Richard Flint are currently available to license for editorial and commercial use at https://www.picfair.com/users/richflintphoto