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The conditions looked good, the bank of cloud was moving very slowly. There was a clear strip of sky along the horizon. These were the ideal conditions for a good sunset, as when the sun sinks down to the horizon there is a chance that it lights up the underside of the bank of cloud and gives a wonderful display of colours. In an ideal world this would happen all the time, but on this occasion it was not to be.
I still managed to get a couple of images which were pleasing to me. No great show of reds or oranges in the sky though but a slight tinge of blue mixed in with the grey certainly helped lift the sky. This is Saltcoats beach looking over towards the Isle of Arran in the distance.
Another image which I think is the stronger of the two. Closer to sunset and a better foreground and more interesting sky.
Tonight’s sunset. Between the howling wind and the heavy showers I managed to get this one. Even though the tide was on it’s way out, the waves still managed to blow over the side of the sea wall. Luckily I had a carrier bag in the car to cover the camera to stop it getting wet from the spray. On the left side of the horizon, you can just see the rain moving in. Ten minutes later and the downpour started, luckily by then the sunset was over and it was time to leave.
I was hoping for a decent sunset tonight, so I headed out to Stevenston on the off-chance that it would turn out okay. I have been meaning to visit these groynes for a long time but never got round to it till now. I spent a bitterly cold hour on the beach taking a few images. It wasn’t the best sunset I’ve ever seen but I did manage to get a shot I was happy with.
Another sunset at Portencross in Ayrshire. This time the cloud formation looked nice, especially as the setting sun turned the clouds a deep shade of orange. The challenge was finding an interesting foreground to match. The shallow rock pools left by the receding tide became mirror like in the calm evening and reflected the wonderful orange clouds.
The great thing about staying on the coast is that I can watch and see how a sunset develops and nip out and within 10 minutes I am ready to capture it. You can tell over the course of the afternoon/ early evening if the sunset is going to look any good. I watched this big bank of cloud roll in as the sunset drew nearer. I was hoping for the sun to set just before the cloud hit the top of the isle of Arran in the distance which would have meant the whole sky would have been lit up with the underside of the clouds going pink and purple. It would have been pretty spectacular had it happened, unfortunately it’s not always like that. The bank of cloud moved a bit quicker than expected and the setting sun never got the chance to light up the underside of the clouds. What I did get though was a touch of colour on the horizon and a pretty impressive menacing sky. The sky did bring with it big splodges of rain, which luckily didn’t come down too heavy until after I had packed up and the sun had set completely.
The location for this shot was along Ardrossan North Shore. This is supposed to be a wreckage of an old ship but I’m not one hundred percent sure if it is or not. It does still make good foreground interest though.