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By Peter Nutkins 19 Sep, 2017
How often when you are having your photograph taken does the person behind the camera say "SMILE!"?

Instantly everyone puts on their best grin and the shutter is released.

Does this give the best portrait? I do not think so. In fact I often ask my subjects not to smile....then they do, only naturally . I like happy looking people, but only if the happiness is actually real. Otherwise it is just a picture of someone. Not a portrait.

There are times when a serious look really adds to the mood and overall image. Take this portrait for example. This chap was in a very serious mood and he had dressed in a mature way. The Facial expression helps make him look more masculine, older (which he liked) and expressed his mood on that day.

The Painterly look gives that classic element to the Portrait. There is less detail and so it helps the viewer focus on the face which sets the whole tone of the photograph.

I hope you like it.

Peter
By Peter Nutkins 15 Sep, 2017
The Battle of Culloden ( Blàr Chùil Lodair)  in 1745 was a turning point in British and European history. It is strange to imagine that a battle, and a bloody one at that, happened on our soil so recently. The Jacobites, led by Charles Stuart, met with Government forces led by the Duke of Cumberland, William Augustus.

The battlefield itself is an inspiring place to visit. The National Trust for Scotland have done a remarkable job of bringing the moor back to the former state it would have been in at the time of the battle. Alone on the battle field stands Leanach Cottage. The Cottage once was part of a landscape divided into smallholdings on the Culloden Battlefield. Most likely it served as a field hospital and was in the shape of a 'T'. Today it stands as a reminder of a bygone time.

Both sides stood for what they believed, and so many died for their cause. In the aftermath of the battle terrible atrocities were committed against the Highland people and their way of life. By violence the Scottish uprising was to be broken once and for all. 

Today Highlanders are free to wear tartan and kilts. The land is prospering and the people genuine and kind. In my visit to this proud nation I found a welcome that I have rarely found elsewhere. The people of the Highlands have overcome. Violence has not won the day. 

If only we could learn from our own history!

Peter

Peter's Blog

By Peter Nutkins 19 Sep, 2017
How often when you are having your photograph taken does the person behind the camera say "SMILE!"?

Instantly everyone puts on their best grin and the shutter is released.

Does this give the best portrait? I do not think so. In fact I often ask my subjects not to smile....then they do, only naturally . I like happy looking people, but only if the happiness is actually real. Otherwise it is just a picture of someone. Not a portrait.

There are times when a serious look really adds to the mood and overall image. Take this portrait for example. This chap was in a very serious mood and he had dressed in a mature way. The Facial expression helps make him look more masculine, older (which he liked) and expressed his mood on that day.

The Painterly look gives that classic element to the Portrait. There is less detail and so it helps the viewer focus on the face which sets the whole tone of the photograph.

I hope you like it.

Peter
By Peter Nutkins 15 Sep, 2017
The Battle of Culloden ( Blàr Chùil Lodair)  in 1745 was a turning point in British and European history. It is strange to imagine that a battle, and a bloody one at that, happened on our soil so recently. The Jacobites, led by Charles Stuart, met with Government forces led by the Duke of Cumberland, William Augustus.

The battlefield itself is an inspiring place to visit. The National Trust for Scotland have done a remarkable job of bringing the moor back to the former state it would have been in at the time of the battle. Alone on the battle field stands Leanach Cottage. The Cottage once was part of a landscape divided into smallholdings on the Culloden Battlefield. Most likely it served as a field hospital and was in the shape of a 'T'. Today it stands as a reminder of a bygone time.

Both sides stood for what they believed, and so many died for their cause. In the aftermath of the battle terrible atrocities were committed against the Highland people and their way of life. By violence the Scottish uprising was to be broken once and for all. 

Today Highlanders are free to wear tartan and kilts. The land is prospering and the people genuine and kind. In my visit to this proud nation I found a welcome that I have rarely found elsewhere. The people of the Highlands have overcome. Violence has not won the day. 

If only we could learn from our own history!

Peter
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