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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.

frog2

 

Oh no, this isn’t going well. I was trying to pull together a set of coastal images to send to a magazine. I started by revisiting some early DSLR pics and just keep finding lots of other images that I had forgotten about. So many lovely pics of my boys and plenty of other stuff too. Like a baby frog sitting on my brother-in-law’s hand.

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.

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

dysartreflected

 

Boats, reflected in the water of Dysart Harbour, Fife. I had also been trying out some longer exposures using a 10 stop ND filter, a couple of which I shall post in due course. These ones were much better without the filter as everything became too blurred in the gently moving water and it just looked like a poor handheld shot. The photo was flipped over to create the feel of abstracted objects in the sky

horse

Wouldn’t you just love to do this?!