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Of Harsh Light, Deep Shadows and Limited Time

I was lucky enough to visit Aberdeen last weekend on business and had a bit of time on the Friday afternoon for photography along the coastline to the south of Stonehaven. It was one of those glorious winter afternoons that was cold, crisp and clear-as-a-bell. A lovely day to be out but a frustrating one for photography.

The weather was not too much of a burden at my first stop off at Johnshaven; a lovely little fishing village that clearly majors on lobster and crab fishing, judging by the number of lobster pots  stacked around the compact and picturesque harbour. Both the setting and the weather allowed me to make some postcard style images. nothing atmospheric but pretty enough with the right composition.

Aberdeen (1 of 4)

Aberdeen (2 of 4)

The second stop, at a place called Crawton, was more of an issue. The sun was dropping now and this caused deep shadows that sliced across the waterfall that plunges over the conglomerate cliffs here. I took the photos but there was nothing to be done other than plan a visit either at dawn or on a cloudy day. I did manage one image here; looking through a (probable) window hole in the remaining gable of an old cottage to the cliffs across the bay. Maybe a bit of a marmite image, but I like it.

Aberdeen (3 of 4)

My final stop was at Dunottar Castle, which must be one of the most photographed locations in the UK. The castle is in a truly spectacular setting on a promontory on the coast at the end of a deep gorge that runs out to the shore. The spectacle makes it very difficult (impossible?) to find an original viewpoint and I’m sure future archaeologists will be able to pinpoint the viewpoints by the identification of tripod  footholes at various locations around the castle. This factor, the harsh light, deep shadows and approaching sunset made for a bit of a mad-scramble to find something that worked. I think I succeeded, but, again, this is a location I must return to when I have more time to scope out the location and plan the shot.


Aberdeen (4 of 4)

Until next time.

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