Picture taken this afternoon with an old Canon A570 Compact camera. I just went out to scout around for an evening trip and saw the clouds and light sit nicely. When I got back I thought there was an odd flaw in the picture giving a strange blemish to the upper left of the rock. On zooming in, it became clear that the ‘blemish’ was tens of thousands of sea-birds all lifting off at once.
This image was made yesterday during a brief visit to North Berwick. I’ve been trying to capture this picture for ages and finally got the combination of my availability, weather, light and tide all together at one point. I waited three hours on the beach and this was the very last exposure I made. It was taken on a Nikon D700 with a 50mm F1.8 lens. 4 minutes at f11 with Lee 0.6 ND Hard Grad and Lee Big Stopper. The structure is a children’s paddling pool which in itself is not of any photographic significance. However the tight composition serves to remove most extraneous detail and the long exposure reduces the detail in the water to a flat shape. The result is simplified to the geometric shapes. The icing on the cake is of course the Bass Rock in the far distance. This is a fantastic part of Scotland for coastal photography. This location was first brought to me by Colin Homes, the Edinburgh based landscape photographer.
My new tripod head has arrived this week. I had identified three major features: More stability than the Manfrotto 486RC2 Arca Swiss compatible Low profile The obvious candidate and the one that most fellow photographers arrive at is the Really Right Stuff BH-55. This is the de-facto king of ball and socket heads. I was pretty much resigned to having to pay their high prices and accept having to order direct from the States when I came across an alternative The Induro BHL3 This is a little known head and I struggled to source it in this country but it deserves to be much, much better known. See my full review here.