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The recent fog is great for photography if you can be ready for the breaks when the sun comes through to provide enough light. There was the most amazing sunrise this morning as it broke through the horizon above the water and below the mist.  I watched The Theory of Everything at the weekend, which was brilliant; but as enticing as the science is, there are some days when the sun really does seem to be a golden disc rising in the sky just for you.

 

Anglers

 

This was taken on Saturday morning as I took the dog on his usual route through the harbour and into the park. The high tide had brought out a few early morning anglers and there was a nice soft light coming through the remains of the morning mist.

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.

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.

Kirkcaldybeach

 

This was taken with the iphone of all things, while waiting for my partner to pick me up on the seafront. I could see this guy walking into a shot, which always gets my pulse going. Will I get the moment? I tapped on the screen and looked at the images long after taking them as the car pulled up in the car park just as the rain started to drop from the sky.

dysart harbour

 

Here is another picture from the harbour using the 10 stop NF filter. 8 seconds at f11. I quite like the 2 halves of the busy harbour composition in the top half and the way the long exposure calms this down below. Yin and yang I suppose.

harbourlongexp

 

As I mentioned lsat week, here is a long exposure image of Dysart Harbour. 8 second to be precise – I still think I have to guess until I remember that digital records all that kind of data whereas with film and light meter it was a case of one elephant, two elephant…

The water was very calm, just gentle swells of water coming through the harbour entrance so it created more of a sheen than anything, which I like. I was thankful to the angler who remained very still, unaware of the needs of the ND filter