From the pier

From the pier

Walking along the pier is a Sunday tradition for students at St Andrews University. I remember walking along it on many occasions… but not on a Sunday! (Of course, my memory may be faulty.)

Anyway, it’s a great place to get a view of the cathedral and enjoy the sunshine. (In winter you can ‘enjoy’ the wind coming straight off the North Sea.)

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In this shot, I was captivated by the sunlight reflecting on the water in the harbour.

I pulled through the colour of the pier, to bring a tiny bit of warmth to the image.

Taken at St Andrews’ harbour.

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Down memory lane

Down memory lane

Recently my wife and I visited St. Andrews… where we both studied, met, got engaged and married. It’s fair to say that it’s a place close to our hearts.

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I frequently walked along this leafy lane – to classes at St Mary’s or hand-in-hand with my, then, girlfriend (and now, wife).

Nostalgia is best in black and white! (That will be a theme for this week’s entries.)

Taken at St Mary’s College, St Andrews.

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Creels and pantiles #2

Creels and pantiles #2

The alternative treatment of this shot underlines the point that I made in yesterday’s entry:

“When the subject is as photogenic as this, it’s hard for the photographer to mess it up.”

This alternative treatment is too much photographer, not enough subject!

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Soemtimes less is more… especially in post-processing.

Taken at St Monans in Fife.

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Creels and pantiles #1

Creels and pantiles #1

The final image in this mini-series from St Monans combines, views of the harbour, the classic pantiles of the East Neuk and the lobster creels. For me, this captures the idyllic, picturesque village and the fishing industry that co-exist on the Fife coast.

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When the subject is as photogenic as this, it’s hard for the photographer to mess it up. My approach is to point and shoot – letting the scenery speak for itself.

Taken at St Monans, Fife

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Costa del Fife

Costa del Fife

Continuing the theme of seaside/harbour shots from beautiful Scotland… This one was taken in St Monans on a warm and sunny afternoon.

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The village and harbour looked positively idyllic.

I used a polarising filter to reduce the glare. Otherwise, this one’s straight out of the camera.

Taken at St. Monans, Fife.

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Arran view

Arran view

This shot was taken a few hours after yesterday’s. When the business of the day had been completed (and we’d eaten), we ventured back to the harbour area to see how the evening was shaping up.

The sky wasn’t as brilliantly blue, but the scene was still beautiful. This time, Arran does feature a bit more prominently. I like the way that the sunlight reflects on the sea, and seems to connect Arran to the Ayrshire shoreline.

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Taken at Irvine harbour, Ayrshire.

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Big, blue sky

Big, blue sky

We recently visited Irvine on a beautifully sunny day. Although we had lots of business to attend to, we allowed ourselves a short break in the afternoon for a wee walk on the shore. We were not disappointed. The views were glorious.

In this image (taken with my iPhone), I wanted to capture the sand, the sky and the clouds – Arran was a ‘bit player’ for a change.

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This one really is better if you click through for the larger version.

Taken from Irvine Beach looking towards Arran.

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