Throwback Thursday… St Monans Kirk, October 2018

St Monans Kirk, October 2018St Monans Kirk, October 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 26mm – 45 seconds, f/11 ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Two years ago it was the picturesque Fife village of St Monans. Yes, I did photograph the ‘zig-zag pier’ but I also photographed the Kirk (Church) which dates from 1369 and is widely regarded to be the closest to the sea in the whole of Scotland!

If memory serves a Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 10-stop neutral density (ND) filter was used to give the 45 second exposure time and a 2-stop hard edge ND graduated filter was also used to reduce the brightness of the sky.

Single frame… Harbour Row, Isle of Whithorn, October 2019

Harbour Row, Isle of Whithorn, October 2019Harbour Row, Isle of Whithorn, October 2019
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 20mm, 1/60s, f11, ISO 1600

An image from this day last year, a day spent (as was the whole week) on the beautiful Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries & Galloway.

This pic was submitted to, and published in, The Scotsman that very week (although the subtle colours got a bit lost on newsprint!)

Monochrome Monday… RAF Wigtown Control Tower, October 2019

RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/250s, f11 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of film that’s been lurking in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

This is the control tower at the former Royal Air Force (RAF) station at Wigtown in Scotland. The station was active between 1941 and 1945 and from 1947 to 1948, mainly in a training role, but a number of operational squadrons also visited the station, the last being the Bomber Command Trials Unit flying Avro Lancasters.

Monochrome Monday… Rustic Swing

Rustic Swing, Rigg BayRustic Swing, Rigg Bay
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/2000s, f4 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

I’ve finally got around to finishing and developing the roll of film that’s been in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

Rigg (or Cruggleton) Bay is a beautiful spot near Garlieston in Dumfries and Galloway and was a fantastic place for a bracing walk along the beach at the end of October!

Monochrome Monday… National Coal Board Fife Area No.19

National Coal Board Fife Area No.19National Coal Board Fife Area No.19
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8, – Ilford HP5+ rated at ISO 320

This Hunslet Engine Co Ltd ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST locomotive was built in 1954 for the National Coal Board (NCB) and spent its entire working life in Fife, first at Michael Colliery and then at Comrie Colliery until the latter’s closure in 1986 when it was purchased by the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (B&KR).

I only took one pic of the loco during my visit to a steam gala at Bo’ness in November 2018, I was too busy riding up and down behind it!

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Bass Rock, August 2020

Bass Rock, August 2020Bass Rock, August 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 74mm, 1/340s, f11, ISO 200

Bass Rock (Creag nam Bathais in Gaelic) is an uninhabited island in the Firth of Forth, roughly three miles north-east of North Berwick. The island is home to a colony of more than 150,000 Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) and they give it its… ‘distinctive’ colouring.

The pic was taken from Seacliff Beach and on that particularly glorious August Saturday the beach was busy with swimmers, kayakers and paddle-boarders… me? I limited myself to having a paddle!