2018 and Me

2018 is firmly under way, but with the better weather still to make an appearance, the snow has come and gone and is now snowing as I write this. What's truly been happening with this mad wee spell in the weather.....

For me 2018 has been an interesting year so far, with various emotions running through my veins, what can seem like a great thing can change in the blink of an eye. Don't get me wrong 2018, has so far had ups and downs, but it has added a certain perspective in the way I feel about myself and my photography. The hardest thing has been the fact that I have a huge amount of self doubt, which can be so so hard to try and overcome. I fight it on a daily basis and the few people that know me well, say I hide behind my smile and my laugh along with the words "no worries". 

To me the only thing to escape my constant fears and worries are with my trusty camera and my car keys, that latter which I locked in my car last week whilst out on a shoot. Thankfully I had a spare about 30 mins drive away and have family willing to drop it off to me. However that was an interesting day in general, being chased by storm clouds and eventually escaping them and being blown away by the sunset and Golden hour at Loch Leven. So every cloud has a silver lining.  

Even though I have this self doubt and anxiety with myself, I'm a hell of a lot better at providing support to friends and family. No idea why, could it be that I don't want people to ask me about me and that I'd rather others were ok before me, well that is a distinct possibility. 

This has become a bit more personal than I'd planned but I appreciate you reading this. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has these thoughts on occasion.

Ps.

2018 for my photography has been fun, especially with the interesting waves and shocking weather. I've got a few wedding shoots this year too, so truly can't wait to shoot these to make the memories for these lovely people. 

Ohh!!! and if the grammar is a bit rubbish, I'm sorry too, not my strong point.

Camera back, so I guess I'm back too.........

So with my camera back from repair it would be rude not to take complete advantage of a crisp morning down the coast. When the weather starts to change you have to change to go with it, so today I headed down the East Neuk in Fife with Crail the destination.

Alarm set for 6:30 am and bag prepared the night before. First things first, look out the window to assess the conditions. Clear sky and with it being November, well that only meant one thing, absolutely freezing. So Long Johns and thick jeans at the ready, along with an Aldi special base layer, a cool Last Exit to Nowhere movie T-shirt, some cheap fleece, a not so cheap but ancient Mountain Hardware softshell and my traffic stop coloured Bergans of Norway outdoor jacket. Safe to say I was ready to take on what the morning had in show for me. 

Out the Door to a very frosty white street and my blue Fiat Punto Active Sport, looked like it had aged a few years more than the 54  plate says. Prepared with warmish water to get my doors open,I was almost ready to hit the road. Well that was until I found out that I had ice on the inside of my window. A little issue considering my car isn't a fan of holding heat, no joke I cant put the heat on unless I want the engine management light to come on. How it's still going baffles me, but I need to make do with this dream machine for now. So With the window cleared I decided to reverse up the road due to my car not being fitted with sticky, non crash tyres for the downhill descent from my humble abode.

So on the road I go, thankfully the gritters had been out to the important roads but there was still a few white corners as I made my way to Crail. However the white frosty corners were on  the opposite side of the road so I was pretty happy. After about 30 mins drive I safely arrived in Crail, I could see the light beginning to change so wanted to get to the beach fairly pronto. But with a new location in mind due to a recommendation by a fellow Fife photographer in the Name of Calum Archibald. I only vaguely knew where I was heading, however I saw a road near the Crail Golf course and with a coastal path sign, I was pretty sure I was on the right track.

Well this road clearly hadn't been gritted and I thought I was going to have to attach my make believe snow chains to The Blue Active, just to get down the road. However as I dont drive like a crazy man It ended up being absolutely fine. I head down the road for around 2 mins and I found a wee car park and headed out to catch the sun coming up.

With my Scarpa boots laced up and camera gear round the shoulders, then my rocket launcher Manfrotto tripod over another shoulder,  I was heading towards the coastline. Im always a bit apprehensive when I'm off to a new location, until I see whats infront of me. It was about another 2 mins from where I parked to the coastline, so really not that far to go.

Well If you've followed me over the last little while, well you'll know that I like a moody seascape. Well this place was full of possibilities. Straight off the line I managed to get a moody shot of the warm glowing sun warming up the frozen cobbles, with a little sea motion. I had to be pretty careful as a lot of the pebbles were rather white and slippy. So I mainly stayed in 1 location and just experimented with the stones and rocks that were in front of me. 

But what a great location and if you like a pebbled beach then this place should be on your radar. One downside to my trip out this morning, it was the first time I'd tried my Sigma lens since I scratched the top of it recently. I thought it was ok after I'd used it before, however this trip out I noticed at times I had some interesting lensflare. So after xmas It looks like I'll have to get it either repaired or a new one. Not sure what I'll do at the moment. keep following me to find out how I get on in the meantime.

One last thing which you'll either laugh or sympathise with me, well it was early and prior to a coffee, so I think my mind was going a little crazy. Anyway I'd been shooting for around 30/40 mins at this point, I saw a couple of areas that I wanted to explore, however that meant I left my bag on some rocks and ventured out onto some flatter rocks which were further out. I'd heard and saw a few dog walkers out but not seen any close to where I was, so I thought leaving my bag where it was, was going to be ok. Anyway I'd shot away for about another 10 mins and headed back to the beach. However when I got back I couldn't see my bag, I was searching around and I couldn't see it, so panic stations kicked it. I clambered up to the main path and walked to the edge, I saw someone in the distance but who knew if they had a bag or not, I looked the other way, no one there either. I was just thinking "I'VE BEEN ROBBED!!" What on earth do I do now!?! So I headed back to the area I was, searching left and right. Yeah as you expect my black manfrotto camera bag has great camouflage amongst the black rocks. I felt like an idiot!!!!!!!!!!! 

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my morning story down to Crail and please follow me for updated stories and and photos. Todays shots are on my latest on my page, so please check them out.

Have a great weekend folks.

What Elie has to offer

Hi everyone so not been out and about that much recently but popped out on the 8th June, that's when there was a gap in the rain for once.

First stop was to the coastal town of Elie, which has to be one of my favourite places to visit. The coastline in Elie and Earlsferry is i'd say one of the most picturesque parts of the East Neuk of Fife. Earlsferry is situated to the right as you hit the town. Small streets and beautiful houses all the way along, plus there's also a golf course which has beautiful sea views. Vast sandy beaches and the famous chain walk too, however I also recommend checking the weather forecast and tides before you take on that. As It's easy to be caught out due to changing conditions.

So back to the crossroads again, take a left and that brings you into the town centre, which consists of a small selection of shops which all have their place in this beautiful coastal town. Firstly the Elie Deli which is a must stop for Breakfast and for Lunch, great selection for all. A new addition to Elie is the new Elie Coffee House which you can sit in or takeaway. There's the local pub The Station Bar, Elie Paper Shop and even a Pharmacist and an Ice Cream Parlour.

Heading down towards the Pier there's The Ship Inn which has a great beer garden and good quality food in the Restaurant. The Ship Inn hosts beach cricket which is one of the highlights of the Summer in Elie. Driving past the ship takes you to the pier and past the Elie Watersports centre which is another great place to spent the summer if you're a fan of Watersports. 

When you get down towards the Pier you'll notice the Elie Lighthouse which is another must visit. Great walks around the Lighthouse and there's the Lady's Tower which a great is also a must to photograph. Beaches then span out all the way along the coast, next stop being St Monans.

A Walk in Tentsmuir

With a day off on the 23rd May I though, why not head to Tentsmuir forest and beach and see what delights we have. The Drive to Tentsmuir forest is pretty nice, very narrow single track roads but with ample passing places. When you arrive at the entrance it states that you need £2.00 for parking at the Beach, handy as I did forget once and the barrier is a good bit up from the Beach itself, so sadly there is not really anyway to get change if you don't have any on you. 

The car park is open from from 8am daily so plenty of time to explore in the morning, from April to September the car park closes at 8:30pm. Between October to Mark it closes at sunset, so if your car is parked after then, well I hope you brought your tent.

When you arrive at the car park there are a good number of spaces, so parking shouldn't be a problem. There are picnic areas in abundance and thats not including the beach, there's also a Crepe Shack and toilet facilities. So Tentsmuir really does cater for all, but remember to take all your rubbish home, as this is no dumbing ground.

Tentsmuir has so many trails and walks for bikes to dog walkers, the trails are bumpy in places but certainly suitable for cyclocross bikes, not just mountain bikes.  The trails can go on for miles and miles. Now to the beach, super clean and vast to say the least, you can also get to Tayport from walking the full length of the beach. You could spend hours here exploring, so £2.00 is a bargain especially if that helps to maintain this beautiful nature reserve. 

All images taken are on my Latest Page, thanks for looking.

What have I been up to......

Well not had a huge amount of photography the last few weeks, been super busy, my best friend got married and have had a great number of other things on. I have popped out a few times but nothing too amazing.

If you check out my latest you'll see a few shots.

Firstly was a wee last min trip to St Andrews, where I caught someone walking along the beach.

Secondly was a trip to the midge infested Loch Leven

I'll say thirdly was a trip to Dundee to shoot the bridge, however I've still to process these images.

Plus with all this nice weather, I've been out on the cyclocross a lot, so just camera phone photos.