Best Laid Plans

December 09, 2018

With a forecast of stiff winds and big seas I had been looking forward to adding to my Lighthouse portfolio. A couple of mates joined me on this trip and we headed to Carlingnose Point for sunrise. Hardly a cloud in the sky and only a few ripples made conditions pleasant to work in but difficult to create good images. I settled for some long exposures and relatively minimalist compositions.

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I had a look on the Aberdeen Beach webcam and it is fairly obvious that there wasn't going to be the chance for any dramatic Lighthouse images. We decided to head for the Hermitage just north of Perth to see if any Autumnal colour was clinging on and safe in the knowledge that it would be a nice walk regardless of images. Conditions were again difficult with little colour and not much catching the eye. I settled for some abstract water images which turned out quite well.

_8106951_8106951Treasure Island With the day more than half way through in terms of light we grabbed an expensive Bacon butty, that turned out to be rather nice, and headed south to catch the golden hour at the bridges. First stop was Port Edgar to see if any light would fall on the Road and Rail bridges. We waited and waited and eventually got a few minutes of lovely golden light.

_8106982Golden Hour BridgesTreasure Island Back over the bridge for the third time to catch sunset at the Forth Crossing. It is a bonny structure but very large and difficult to capture. I found a new composition using a boat slipway that I really liked. The light never did me many favours but the composition was decent.

_8107070_8107070Treasure Island Finally around the corner to catch the Forth Bridge at blue hour. We arrived just in time and I snapped my favourite shot of the day. In almost darkness I guessed my composition, made sure everything was level and shot trying to capture the reflections on the cobbles and get the reflection of the bridge in the small puddle. Very pleased with how it turned out. Not original but the first time I have shot there.

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