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rueisole

At last, a post! I finally got around to working a very meagre selection of pictures taken over the past few months. I think I was given the impetus last night after watching the documentary film In No Great Hurry, about one of my favourite photographers – Saul Leiter.

Boat&Hut

Fuji X-Pro 1, 27mm lens, f.8

Tremolat1

France, 2014.This was taken on a lovely warm evening, exploring the back roads of Tremolat – a small village near to Limueil where we were staying in the summer. I really didn’t think that I had many decent images this year but looking back through my Lightroom library I have a few that I like. I’ve think been so busy that I haven’t had much time to look at them!

Moonovermountain

From a stone paving slab in the grounds of the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney. I’d like to claim credit for it but I saw my friend Rachel taking a picture and I hovered over her shoulder and she showed me what she had seen. I have worked away at the image to give it that feeling of a northern night.

silversands2   Here are 2
other images from Silversands, Aberdour, taken last week. I have
been sitting here for a while playing around with different formats
– 4×5 and square – but I came back to being closer to the original
35mm format as I wanted to maintain the sense of the wide,
expansive view of the sea. silversands3

silversands1

I was out with the family at Silversands, Aberdour, and the light was pretty good and the sea was calm. All kinds of people were paddling around in the flats of the bay enjoying the warm weather.

Do you get to a point with your photography where you can see the stage being set in front of you? All you have to do is be alert and follow the unfolding scene? This is where I have got t especially with coastal and seaside images , so I dived out of the cafe to take a few pictures.

Obviously photographing people on beaches these days could be horribly misconstrued. No Robert Frank Coney Island goings on nowadays, so I think images like this are also of a time – distant, anonymous, safe.

dysartwhiteboats

 

In this image I played around a lot with the exposure slider in Lightroom. It was a bright day which often isn’t great for photographs but I wanted to see if I could give it a different feel and began to experiment. It’s a bit too much I think, but I quite like the theme of white running across the composition.

moon

 

Well, my version of the moon which is really a porthole on a boat down in the harbour.  It has two men in the moon – the reflection of the top of my head as well as the scratches and reflections which provide a smiley face.

thewhiteboat-67

 

There are a number of these boats down in the harbour, all still in beautiful condition and the subject of much care and attention from their owners. Yawls, they are called, from the Dutch ‘Jol’. When you visit the Harbourmaster’s House on the quayside there are maps showing the old trade routes from Dysart in the 17th and 18th Centuries which run across to Holland, the low countries and Norway. The most visible trade routes these days are the supermarket lorries – Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco – making deliveries to the town.

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We have had one warm sunny day in what feels like an age, and the light was great – bright but with a bit of mist out on the sea. My dog is getting used to the the routine: walk, photos, walk. He usually does his best to get in the frame but he was more interested in the remains of a sandwich in a bag under a boat.