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My first landscape image for a couple of months. I managed to get out for a sunset a couple of nights ago to one of my favourite locations, Portencross. Luckily for me this is only 15 minutes from my house.
I like the way this image contrasts the red of the sky with the white of the waves breaking around the foreground rocks.
I have just returned home from a week’s holiday in Jersey. I managed to get out and about on a few occasions and take some images. This is Plemont Bay, a sandy beach that is only uncovered at low tide and is enclosed on 3 sides by cliffs. The only access down to the beach is from steps and a metal bridge then from there some concrete steps allow access to the beach at low tide.
This image was taken from the top of the rocks as the tide was turning. This is a 30 second long exposure with the Hitech Pro Stop.
Another nice day on Saturday. As the afternoon wore on the conditions looked good for some shots. I decided to head out for an hour or so down to the beach at Saltcoats to try and capture the sunset.
In the end I was rewarded with a bank of cloud moving in, which was turned an angry shade of red for about 5 minutes after the sun had set behind the Isle of Arran. Another trip well worthwhile, especially when it’s only a couple of minutes down the road.
A couple of weeks ago during one of our trips to Ken Dee marshes we decided on the way home to stop off at Turnberry lighthouse. This lighthouse was designed by Thomas Stevenson and was completed in 1873 on the site of the remains of Turnberry castle.
We reached the edge of Turnberry golf course about an hour before sunset. We parked the car and had a 10 minute walk to the lighthouse. The cloud had moved in as the afternoon wore on, so the chance of a good sunset was dwindling rapidly. This was my first time at this location so even though the light was poor, I wanted to try and make the most of it. I went down into the bay beside the castle and managed to get shots with some good colour in the sky from a slight break in the clouds above the lighthouse.
Further exploration of this bay led me to this wonderful row of granite rock. This made an excellent foreground for a good mono conversion using the dull grey sky to it’s maximum effect. The lighthouse had also just turned on it’s light, this was ideal and it was only a matter of waiting till the light was in view before taking the shot.
I moved back up to the lighthouse and went onto the ruins of the castle. I was hoping for any break in the clouds to show something of the sunset. Luckily for a minute or two the clouds parted to get a glimpse of the pink sky. It was just a matter of getting into position before the pink clouds disappeared to get the shot.
All in all; it was quite a good first visit, even though the sunset we expected never materialised. I will definitely be making a return here in the future when I have more time to explore the area fully.
Another 4.30am rise yesterday. As the weather forecast was promising fog and mist early in the morning, I thought I would take a trip up to Aberfoyle for the sunrise. I managed to capture this shot as the sun tried to break through the mist.
The next shot was taken looking over Loch Achray towards St Johns Church. The swirling mist made the church appear and disappear minute by minute. This has created a nice natural vignette to the image.