Photographs by James Collett

Landscape Photography from Scotland

Tangy Bay Sunset

The forecast was looking good, clouds were looking good, it was time to do the Tangy Bay Sunset shoot I had in my mind since my previous visit not that long ago during Storm Franklin.

On arrival I was pretty disappointed. I had been hoping to get some images from a bay that looks South Westwards but after Franklin hit, the sand was completely covered by seaweed so there was no image there.

The position I had found previously was also not working as the tide was out and not coming up far enough, I was starting to think it was going to be one of those days.

There’s actually not a lot of ground to be covered in this area so a little walk and compositions were starting to appear, although I wasn’t liking them.

The first composition was the incoming tide crashing against a rock…seems as though I was repeating my last type of images from here so I didn’t fancy that.

Timing is Key

The sun was still pretty high and too bright. My shutter speed was still to high for the way I like to capture the water so I decided to move again.

Nothing was really grabbing my attention under these conditions. As I walked on I did notice a group of rocks that would make a good foreground but still, the sun was too high so I continued around the rocks and came across the large rock that the Cormorants rest on.

I decided to frame up an image from here and quite like what I got whilst waiting for the sun to get a bit lower.

Canon RP, 24-105mm f4 lens at 24mm, f4, 1/30 at ISO 400. 3 images focus stacked, 1:1 crop.

Cormorants at Tangy Bay Sunset

I decided to change to my 70-200mm lens to get in a bit closer on the birds as I liked how the Cormorants stand with their wings open to dry themselves off.

Click on the image for a larger view.

I noticed the nice warm tones from the sun on the rocks so decided to head back to the composition I had noticed on the way here to see how it was looking.

If bird watching is your thing then check out Machrihanish Bird Observatory for more.

Ultra Wide Angle

I switched back to my 24-105mm but the 24mm wasn’t wide enough for the scene so I popped on the Samyang 14mm f2.8 manual focus ultra wide angle lens, and I really liked how the image was looking now.

Canon RP, Samyang 14mm, f11, 0.5 of a second, ISO 50 for the foreground and 1/4 of a second for the sky, 2 images blended together.

Tangy Bay Sunset

Photography Talk

In terms of photography I noticed I was struggling a bit with the high(ish) sun and the exposure settings which was affecting my composition choices.

I had in my mind the way I wanted my water to look, that is either a good thing or a bad thing I suppose. Good in the sense that you have a goal in mind, but bad when you can’t adapt to the scene to create another image.

Here is the first composition I found, but as I said previously, I wasn’t wanting another crashing wave, the sun was too high and the light was too bright. No edits applied, straight out of the camera.

It just wasn’t working for me, maybe another day but not today.

They say it’s always good to get on scene with plenty of time to find a composition and adapt which I have to agree with. Had I arrived as the sun was setting then I wouldn’t have an image I liked from this wee outing.

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