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This is just freaky. Keep looking at it. I was driving home from the shops today and saw an interesting cloudscape beyond the houses above Dysart. So I parked the car, ran into the house, grabbed my camera bag, and went down to a road called School Brae where I could get an expansive, open view of the sea. I took a few pics, dropped my lens cap which I had to rescue from the drop below, and headed home. This is the first of 8 shots I took.

I didn’t see the face at the time. I only saw a great cloud above the ship and the water. It had passed over our town shortly before, depositing its water on us. When I looked at the images in Lightroom I was delighted to see the image of a face looking down on the ship. Serendipity.

I converted it to black and white and as I increased the contrast the face just got more and more obvious. I then made a few under exposed dashes to highlight some facial features, but only about 3 or 4 strokes with the mouse to bring out the eyes.

The more I stare at it the spookier it gets!



This was taken in July on our visit to Orkney. ┬áIt was just off the coastal path from near a collapsed sea stack called The Gloup on the far east of the East Mainland. I was struggling to keep the tripod from moving in the wind. I took a few and this one was the sharpest (although not so much when you zoom in!). There is an echo of the previous photo’s composition in this (see Moon Over Orkney).


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.



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.

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.



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


I was out on the seafront at Lee-on-Solent this Christmas, down visiting the folks. The boys were in the skate park and I had one eye out for any sign of a photo that might some my way on such a dreich day. I wasn’t holding out much hope but then a spotty dog trotted past a lady with a spotty headscarf. I had seen it coming so managed a few snaps.


I liked the way this photo came out. What was a picture of a figure on the coast became more interesting when he threw a stick for his dog. You can hardly see the stick so it becomes different things the more that you stare. He could have been shot and I’ve caught a Robert Capa moment. Reverse it and you have the silhouette of a mermaid angel…


The lone figure in a landscape is a recurring motif in my work. I have spent time wondering what, if any, theme I could find in my photographs. I rarely set out thinking ‘I must photograph lone figures in landscapes’. It is less conscious than that. Rather I find that over time and many, many photographs, messages do begin to emerge; I have to think them through afterwards and not before. And there is probably some truth that your images – perhaps the ones that you are most satisfied with – reflect how you see things in the world, there being a bit of me on the page too.

I took this picture through the window of the ferry as we sailed out of the harbour on our Summer holiday. It was so gloomy but I liked the flat greys and the view of the seafront through the rainy window. I used to travel over from Gosport to Portsmouth for 5 years as I went to school there so the views always remind me of those times. They weren’t at all gloomy, but weather is weather and there’s no point trying to hide it.