Fishtown of Usan

24 June 2020 0 By Fred Carrie

Ron Mitchell and myself were at Montrose Basin this morning attempting to photograph a Little Ringed Plover and a Ruddy Shelduck, both are quite rare sightings in Scotland. We did find both but they were too far away to make a decent shot. Still nice to see.

Home for lunch then out once again, by myself, to attempt some landscape photography. Conditions were not ideal, not classically so anyway. Some photographers do not shoot landscapes at all other than within a few hours of sunrise or sunset when the light is optimal. Well, for me it makes photography a pretty limited hobby if I can only shoot 4 hours each day and be ruled by the clock. I just go out when I feel like it and sod the conditions. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

Anyway, even with blinding high summer sunshine and cloudless skies there are things you can do to make a more interesting image, especially at the seaside. One good technique is long exposure. The attached image (better viewed on Flickr) was a 1 ½ minute exposure with a 10 stop ND filter. Not my best by any means but not too bad for a camera that was almost melting onto the rocks with the heat.

The highlight of the afternoon was the young collie who followed me to the beach. Typical collie, running out to the side, heading me off, you know, just the usual collie stuff. Well, having been previously owned by two collies myself I knew exactly what he wanted. Sticks thrown, so I obliged. That took me back, perhaps one day I’ll be adopted by another. Wonderful dogs! 🙂

Usan