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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.
This is my first post on this blog for a couple of months. I have made a few changes to my equipment since my last post. I finally made the jump to full frame and this meant that a few lenses had to be changed to accommodate this. My Tokina 11-16 which has served me so well over the past 3-4 years was sold and I managed to get a very well cared for, secondhand, Nikon 16-35 f4 VR lens in it’s place. My original idea was an upgrade to a full frame Nikon D800, but I couldn’t really justify the massive expense it buying this camera. Luckily for me, I found someone willing to trade my woefully underused Nikon 300 f4 prime in a part exchange for a low use Nikon D700. Although the D700 and my D300 are from the same generation of camera and both have only 12 mp, the D700 feels like a step up from the D300. Certainly the quality of the full frame sensor shines through even though I have only used it a few times.
So armed with my D700 and 16-35, I was itching to get out again for some landscape shooting. Getting nearer sunset, the light looked promising, so I headed down to Portencross which you can probably see from my images is one of my favourite locations. The fact that it is less than 15 minutes from my house also makes it great to nip out and capture a sunset if the light looks favourable.
The sunset itself was a bit disappointing, it’s only once the sun dipped below the horizon that the clouds started to take on the shades of pink, orange and red shown in the first image. This is looking over towards the isle of Arran, using the mottled rocks in the foreground as a nice lead-in.
The second image is of a Portencross Castle sunset. This castle has undergone massive conservation works over the last few years and is now open to visitors. The renovation included this new path which makes a great lead-in to this image. Unfortunately health and safety strikes again with the stainless steel railing spoiling the look of the entrance to the castle. The official Portencross castle website has further details about the castle along with opening times.
Another trip to Portencross this morning. My main reason for the trip was to take some more images with the 10 stop ND, especially as the cloud formations were quite interesting. This image is from the pier (obviously). I played around with exposure times and the Hitech 10 stop ND allowed me to get the exposure to 61 seconds for this shot. Unfortunately, even though the sun was behind me, I had a few issues with flare and a slight magenta colour cast. It’s a pity as the effect is really good, but it’s hit and miss whether you can get a shot that doesn’t suffer from flare and colour casts.
The low early morning sun seemed to make the sailboat glow especially with the great sky above it.
Another shot from Sundays sunset at Portencross. This is the landscape format version of the previous image. I think I now prefer this one to the portrait version.
Yesterday was a fine sunny day. As the day wore on, it looked like there was a chance of a good sunset. I went to one of my favourite locations, Portencross in Ayrshire. As it turned out, the sunset wasnt the best but I still managed to get an image I was reasonably pleased with.