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SEACLIFF

There is something quite wonderful about standing on a peaceful Scottish beach at dawn and having the place to oneself; and such places don’t get better than Seacliff Beach a few miles south-east of North Berwick on the East Lothian coast. This particular stretch of coast has it all; jagged rock formations, interesting sand ripples stretching to the sea and of course the iconic, white-mass of rock known as the Bass Rock. I believe that the Rock is the stump of a once massive volcano and is now white due to the countless centuries of bird droppings!

I was fortunate enough to enjoy two therapeutic mornings of photography at Seacliff,  so much so that I didn’t want to leave the place; here are my favourites from the two visits.

 

morning | Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

morning | Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

25 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

160 sec @ f/16  ISO 80  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

1.6 sec @ f/16  ISO 400  Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens

 

red rocks | Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

red rocks | Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

1/10 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 20mm

 

Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

20 sec @ f/16  ISO 80  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 22mm

 

the Bass Rock | East Lothian

the Bass Rock | East Lothian

8 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 140mm

 

dawn | Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

dawn | Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

1 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

dawn | Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

dawn | Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

0.5 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

Seacliffe Beach | East Lothian

Seacliff Beach | East Lothian

40 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

 

the Bass Rock | East Lothian

the Bass Rock | East Lothian

My last image from this marvellous place; and while composing the shot I could just imagine my friend, Michael Pilkington, advising “I would have positioned the tripod lower to exclude some of the middle ground”. However having lost a camera in Loch Achtriochtan, Glencoe loch earlier in the year, I deemed it wise not to risk another to the rapidly incoming tide!

20 sec @ f/16  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens

  • Tom - It looks like you had much more than just 2 days at this location – what a variety of shots! It just goes to show it’s worth sticking at a location and taking your time – never gets repetitive. Good stuff.19/12/2016 – 11:03 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for your comments Tom, always appreciated. I had a fantastic couple of mornings on this beach and probably spent around two and a half to three hours at the location each morning but without feeling any great pressure to cram in the shots.

      I can’t say the same for the recent workshop in Skye with Paul & Michael due to the heavy rainfall and strong winds. Unfortunately, our group only managed to venture out into “the field” on two of the four days and even then conditions on the first day made for very uncomfortable photography; it was a constant battle to keep the rain off our lenses. I felt really sorry for the guys who had driven from the south of England to experience Skye but we can’t do much about the weather. Very best wishes to you and your family Tom for a great Christmas and 2017. (Sandy)19/12/2016 – 8:28 pmReplyCancel

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