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!

Monochrome Monday… Cove Harbour (again)

Cove HarbourCove Harbour, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 15s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

I make no apologies for posting yet another image from the Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole camera… I love it!

This is the last image on my first roll and I’m finally starting to get close enough to the subject.

These shellfish creels and lump of weathered wood were found beside what I think is the harbour master’s cottage at Cove and I popped the camera on the doorstep to take this pic!

Single frame… Serendipity in Scotland

My pal Mark (husband of my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel) loves flags so it came as no surprise when he suggested a visit to the National Flag Heritage Centre at Athelstaneford during a trip to Scotland.

Lone tree, AthelstanefordLone tree, Athelstaneford
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 19mm, 1/200s, f11, ISO 200

The Heritage Centre occupies a lectern doocot (dovecote) dating from 1583 to the rear of Athelstaneford Church but it was the above scene that caught my eye when I rounded the corner!

I’ll confess to not knowing what kind of tree it is but I recognise a Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) when I see one!

Single frame… Cove Harbour, August 2020

Cove Harbour, August 2020Cove Harbour, August 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 32mm, 1/300s, f11, ISO 200

A brief trip to the Scottish Borders last weekend gave us the opportunity to explore a couple of lesser known locations on the coast below Dunbar.

Cove Harbour was one such location. The tiny natural harbour was improved in 1831 by the building of a breakwater and to all intents and purposes not much has changed since then!

Access to the harbour from land is via a tunnel through the cliffs that was dug by hand in the 1700s, a tunnel that has a number of side chambers that were used for storing fresh fish (and no doubt a variety of smuggled goods!) The chambers continued to be used as changing rooms by bathers until they were sealed up in 1981.

It’s a location I’m very keen to return to!

Monochrome Monday… Miniature folly

Miniature follyMiniature folly
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

In the current situation I’m struggling to motivate myself where photography is concerned but I’ve decided to post images here that evoke happy memories, if they have any artistic or technical merit too then that’s a bonus!

This miniature ‘folly’ is only a few inches across and adorns the wall that separates a holiday cottage from the sea in the Scottish village of Lower Largo.

We had glorious weather the week we stayed there in October 2018 and enjoyed a few al fresco breakfasts even though the cold waters of the Firth of Forth were only a few yards away.

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

Monochrome Monday… Port William, October 2019

Port William, October 2019Port William, October 2019
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/125s, f16, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional

Yet another image from last year’s Scottish holiday…

Port William is a fishing village on the eastern shore of Luce Bay in Dumfries and Galloway, founded by Sir William Maxwell in 1770.

Gavin Maxwell, who wrote the book Ring of Bright Water (1960) about how he brought an otter back from Iraq and raised it in Scotland, was a decendant of Sir William and was born in 1914 in the nearby village of Elrig.

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Bench shadow, Leith, August 2019

Bench shadow, Leith, August 2019Bench shadow, Leith, August 2019
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5 at 50mm, 1/125s, f11, Lomography Lady Grey rated at ISO 320

Another image from August’s madcap day trip to Leith… This shadow caught my eye during a wander along the Shore of Leith towards the end of the day (and just before stopping for a couple of beers at the Granary).

Scan by Ag Photo Lab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… The Old Jetty, Drummore, October 2019

The Old Jetty, Drummore, October 2019The Old Jetty, Drummore, October 2019
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S + Y15 yellow filter – 1/250s, f11, – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

This old jetty at the southern end of the Rhins of Galloway has featured on here before but this time shot on film.

Another image that makes use of a Y15 yellow filter…

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