A trip down the east coast of Scotland

November 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A trip to see my football team is always an opportunity for a few photos. On the way to Aberdeen I stopped at the new V&A museum in Dundee. IT was blowing a hoolie but thankfully dry. The building is really stunning but I found it tricky to get a killer composition and settled for a shot taking in part of the museum and a silhouetted walker.

Victoria and Albert, DundeeVictoria and Albert, Dundee

A poor Hibs performance in the fitba was followed by an equally poor sleep in the car. The wind was blowing at around 50mph and it was persisting down with rain. It felt more akin to be aboard a ship on stormy seas than parked on terra firma the way the wind was rocking the old Mondeo.

I woke early to see a familiar band of cloud on the horizon. The sunrise never happened and my sunrise spot in Arbroath wasn’t as hoped. I decided to make the dash to Scurdie Ness lighthouse up the coast. I parked in Usan Estate and walked along to find a nice spot on the rocks. The water was crashing in and the tide rising so I was careful as the area is fairly remote and a fall on the rocks could have serious consequences. The light was fleeting as more clouds had joined the horizon ones but I managed to get a shot I liked with a lovely lichen foreground leading to the crashing waves in the foreground and the lighthouse giving a nice feature on the horizon. Not many clouds facing north unfortunately but it was a good start to the day.

Scurdie Ness LighthouseScurdie Ness Lighthouse

Next up was a trip to see the Red Castle at Lunan Bay. The light was now a bit harsh but what a stunning beach to spend a couple of hours. The castle is set back from the beach and there is a house in close proximity. If you got lucky with the burn which flows over the beach then there is a chance of a composition but try as I might I never spotted anything.

Another few miles down the coast for some well-deserved lunch in Arbroath. I had another look at the harbour but it wasn’t speaking to me so headed back down the coast. The sea was now getting towards high tide and I thought I would sea if the waves were crashing over the zig zag pier. Not only were they crashing over the pier but over the spot that is best for taking images. A carrier bag and shower cap were wrapped around the camera and I got a quick look at a composition before firing off a few shots. I got absolutely soaked and acted as a warning for a fellow tog who arrived later and thought better of it. I must have pushed the zoom in a touch from my chosen 24mm as this is shot at 32mm and a bit tight for my liking. The composition could have been better too but I never really got the chance so frequent were the waves crashing over.
St Monans PierSt Monans Pier

The sun was about 25 minutes from setting so I headed down to Elie for a look. The sunset never happened but there was a bit of light and the sea gave me the opportunity to try a different composition to what is normally taken. It was a great end to the day and the weather was kind with the heavens opening on my way back to the car. An hour’s drive home and a lovely tea to welcome me home. I was glad to see my bed that night.

Elie LighthouseElie Lighthouse

 


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