Closes and wynds 2

Closes and wynds 2

This is College Street in St Andrews. It was a struggle to get this shot. I wanted to capture the antiquity of the place and I knew that I’d be converting it to black and white.

The problem was that there were cars and vans parked all along the street. Initially I gave up on this one – I couldn’t get an angle that eliminated the obstructions.

Later in the day, I approached from a different direction and saw this opportunity. (I think that one vehicle might have moved to create a clear view.) They say that patience is key in photography. I say, ‘so is luck!’

Taken in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

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Closes and wynds 1

Closes and wynds 1

One of the (many) things that I love about St Andrews is the atmospheric closes and wynds (lanes). They seem to be timeless, yet they are usually vibrant and alive.

So it was a wee bit tricky to get a photo without lots of people in it. This was taken from The Scores’ end of Butts Wynd. The conversion to black and white seemed obvious… to me.

Taken in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

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From the causeway

From the causeway

This is another post that was made possible by our fantastic summer weather. The water level of the River Tay was so low that it was possible to walk across the causeway to Moncrieffe Island without any risk of getting wet.

This, in turn, provides a slightly different vantage point to view the city.

It’s not a perfect reflection of the spire of St Matthews Church… because there wasn’t enough water!

Taken on the causeway to Moncrieffe Island, Perth, Scotland.

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Straying from the path #2

Straying from the path #2

Having made an effort to get yesterday’s shot, I thought I should do something with it in post-processing.

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This is a moderate variation of popping a colour through. After converting to B&W, I used a layer mask to pull through the autumnal colours within the ‘frame’ of the bridge and its reflection.

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Straying from the path #1

Straying from the path #1

The natural route of our walk around Loch Faskally would have taken us over the footbridge. But, I had a hunch that this shot was available, if I deviated from the path. Deviation has never been a problem for me, so I scrambled down a wee bank to the shore of the loch to see what was on offer.

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I’m very glad that I didn’t just stroll across the bridge. Sometimes you need to use your feet to get the photo.

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