Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Want to keep (or lose) your car or bike?

I was tolCrashed card Police Scotland had given out some info (I don’t have the source, I assume it’s online on their site somewhere – it just came up in discussion, from someone else) relating to car theft in Glasgow (five year average about 512/year). The areas around Milton, Lambhill, Possilpark, Ruchill, and Parkhouse seem worst (ave 55/year, more than Calton off Gallowgate). Govan seems to be next, then Baillieston, Barlarnark, Springboig, Carntyne, Riddrie, and Cranhill.

If you want to keep your car, Cambuslang West, Coatbridge West, Clydebank Waterfront, and East Kilbride West only had one reported theft each area over the last five years.

Numbers rise for bikes – avoid the west end and city centre as Glasgow’s five year average is over 1,300/year. The area around Anderston/City area – Broomielaw to Cowcaddens, including Yorkhill and Finnieston (ave 301/year). Hillhead was next (ave 143 /year), then Southside Central ward (Gorbals, Govanhill, Queen’s Park, and Toryglen), Govan, and Partick West.

Baillieston was bottom of the list, only 65 bike thefts there over the last five years.

08/10/2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

University of Strathclyde – Technology and Innovation Centre

I saw some recent pics of this place, and noticed how the angle that is forced on most photographers means that most pics are taken from the same place, and most pics show the emphasised height seen in the front vertex. It’s not only down to the enforced viewing angle, as this building it triangular in plan, so the corner is much sharper than normal, being closer to 60° than the more usual 90°.

This building is quite wide and, while not any sort of skyscraper, doesn’t have any potential vantage point for casual photographers to catch a full frontal view. Facing it across George Street are office buildings (actually the Graham Hills Building), so no way to get far enough back, unless with a crazy expensive wide-angle, or fisheye lens. There’s always the option of getting into those offices across the road, or even onto the roof – but that’s not going to happen anytime soon for the casual passer-by.

I guess just about everybody does the same – walks along George Street until the building fills the frame of the widest lens they have, then takes the (same) pic.

I guess this would be a good place to use a real (not toy) drone with a hi-def video camera (say a dSLR not a wide-angle action-cam), and carry out a scan of the whole façade, then process the result into a single flattened image – but I’m only guessing based on the work of others, and they may know a better way.

The skewed view could just be straightened of course, provided there were enough pixels, otherwise the result would be poor.

The building was just being completed when these pics were taken, so we got a handy description.

Technology And Innovation Centre Sign

Technology And Innovation Centre Sign


Technology And Innovation Centre

Technology And Innovation Centre


Probably with apologies to anybody who has decent editing software, I was poking around with some other images elsewhere, and couldn’t resist the temptation to see what fiddling with the above view, to flatten out the front elevation, would do.

It’s amusing, if nothing else.

Tech And Inno Edit

Tech And Inno Edit

To make up for the preceding, here’s a somewhat later view, taken once all the works, barriers, and fences cluttering up the area had been cleared away. I was going to dump this pic, taken when I was suffering repeated condensation inside my lenses (courtesy of Scotland’s lovely weather at the time).

I actually feel more than a little envious of those who are now able to benefit from what’s on offer here, and maybe wish it had been around in my day.

Technology And Innovation Centre Cleared

Technology And Innovation Centre Cleared

08/10/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment


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