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FIFE AND THE EAST NEUK

Oh dear, I do believe I may have temporarily misplaced my photographic mojo!

To return from an otherwise enjoyable three day excursion into Fife and the East Neuk * with relatively few keeper images (even by my standards) was disappointing; but for some reason, I just didn’t seem to have that all important “connection” with some of the images I had shot and they quickly fell to the DELETE key. In my defence, I wasn’t feeling at all well into the second day away with photographer friends, David Shawe and Rod Armstrong; and for much of the time, a provocative little voice would be whispering in my ear, “Sandy, what ARE you doing?” or “Why ARE you taking this shot?” or most destructive of all, “Why bother?”

Admittedly, this is a dreadful state of affairs but on a more positive note I am far more selective with my keeper images, which is no bad thing really. Essentially, I need to have that “feeling”, that “connection” with the subject in front of the lens; in short, images have to “speak” to me as being worthy of keeping. So here are my “keepers” from the trip; I do hope you enjoy them!

*  “Neuk” is the Scots word for nook or corner; and the area has many picturesque fishing villages dotted along the Fife coastline

 

The old ferry pier | North Queensferry | Fife

The old ferry pier | North Queensferry | Fife

This is the first shot captured on my new Nikon D810 bought after the demise of my D800 camera body in Glencoe back in February. his is the old pier at North Queersferry which used to serve as the car ferry crossing point on the Forth before the opening of the Forth Road Bridge in 1964. The grey drabness of the day is relieved slightly by the hint of yellows and reds in the stonework with the pier is pointing toward the 1964 road bridge.
10 sec @ f/14  ISO 200  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

Broken down fence | Burntisland | Fife

Broken down fence | Burntisland | Fife

I was fortunate to spot the interesting shape formed by this broken wooden fence.
1/6 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

moored | Crail Harbour | East Neuk | Fife

moored | Crail Harbour | East Neuk | Fife

I was attracted to the warm colours and the interesting structure of the harbour wall.
1/13 sec @ f/8  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 150mm

 

panorama | Crail Harbour | East Neuk | Fife

panorama | Crail Harbour | East Neuk | Fife

This is a composite of three frames shot in landscape orientation to give a wide panoramic view of the busy harbour; although not having the benefit of the shift function of a tilt+shift type lens. The Infrared capture has worked well with this high contrast scene.
1/320 sec @ f/8  ISO 200 Nikon D3 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 16mm   Infrared

 

Crail Harbour | East Neuk | Fife

Crail Harbour | East Neuk | Fife

An idyllic scene; the eye follows the line of the ladder, then across the boat hulls before resting with the fishermen, deep in conversation.
1/250 sec @ f/8  ISO 200  Nikon D3 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 135mm   Infrared

 

harbour detail | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

harbour detail | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

A simple composition made more interesting by the textures brought out in the stone and in the rusting metal, juxtaposed against the sea-water smoothed by the longish exposure.
8 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

the "ZigZag" | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

the “ZigZag” | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

I didn’t know this unique snake-shaped sea wall existed and it’s rightly described as a hidden-gem as it lies sea-ward, well obscured by the present harbour wall. This capture was made at low-tide which David & Rod felt was a problem, however, I’m well chuffed with this image and together with the brooding sky, it works for me.
124 sec @ f/13  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 20mm

 

the "ZigZag" | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

the “ZigZag” | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

This is essentially similar to the earlier image but has been taken from a position slightly to the right; arguably offering a stronger base composition with a different mood due to the monochrome presentation.
153 sec @ f/13  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 22mm

 

tranquillity| St Monans harbour| East Neuk | Fife

tranquillity| St Monans harbour| East Neuk | Fife

St Monans harbour with a strong foreground interest. The colour version was a bit too chocolate-box for my liking; this mono version is much more subtle, also the eye is not drawn to the red cars parked in the background. I love the sky!
6 sec @ f/13  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

beached| St Monans harbour| East Neuk | Fife

beached| St Monans harbour| East Neuk | Fife

Nice use of a slightly longer focal length here to compress the perspective.
6 sec @ f/13  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 102mm

 

end of the pier| St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

end of the pier| St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

Concentrating the eye on the business end of a working pier.
20 sec @ f/5.6  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 70mm

 

harbour wall steps | Crail | East Neuk | Fife

harbour wall steps | Crail | East Neuk | Fife

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky”
[John Lennon – IMAGINE]
1 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

harbour mouth | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

seagull at harbour mouth | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

The intended subjects are, of course, not the seagull but the jetty and the dangerous rocks rearing up just beyond the safe haven of St Monans harbour. Interestingly, as the outline of the gull is well defined, it must have remained stationary for most (but not all) of my 123 second exposure, impressive! I was tempted to remove the bird in post-production but then felt that it added a little something to the image. Small touches!
123 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 102mm

 

rocky foreshore | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

rocky foreshore | St Monans | East Neuk | Fife

Under a heavy, brooding sky these ridges of rock, shaped like the scales on the back of some pre-historical animal, run off into the grey Firth of Forth. On the horizon towards the left-hand edge is the distinctive outline of the Bass Rock and in the centre is cone-shaped North Berwick Law.
8 sec @ f/16  ISO 160  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

Pittenweem | East Neuk | Fife

Pittenweem | East Neuk | Fife

Possibly my favourite composition of the trip, executed under tricky weather conditions as umbrella-brandishing Rod kindly fended off the spots of rain from my lens and filters which would otherwise have ruined the capture. I find the close relationship of natural and artificial objects a particularly interesting subject for photographs.
30 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

wall detail | ruined cathedral | St Andrews | Fife

wall detail | ruined cathedral | St Andrews | Fife

Ancient stonework in the ruined St. Andrews cathedral; an interesting juxtaposition of the rough and smooth textures.
1/160 sec @ f/8  ISO 200  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 35mm

 

  • Tom - I really like the panorama shot, and the IR treatment suits it very nicely. It may well be an optical illusion, but the village seems to bend down to the right hand side of the image, which makes it feel slightly fairy-tale like. Nice post. Don’t worry about the mojo…12/05/2016 – 11:30 amReplyCancel

    • admin - A tricky one Tom, there’s probably a bit of distortion on the panoramic shot due to panning three frames with the 16mm lens, unavoidable really. Thanks again for taking the time to comment on my post, always appreciated.12/05/2016 – 10:56 pmReplyCancel

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