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St Monans Pier, St Monans,Scotland.



St Monans Pier, St Monans,Scotland.

St Monans Pier, St Monans,Scotland.
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Legendary Award
Winner in Black and White Nature Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Rule Of Seconds Photo Contest vol1
People's Choice in Monochrome Creative Compositions Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Monochrome Creative Compositions Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Long Exposure Experiments Photo Contest
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Earth Day Every Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
Capture Leading Lines Photo ContestTop 10 class
Capture Leading Lines Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Inspiring Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
All About Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Inspiring Portraits Photo Contest get inspired magazineTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Water Photo Contest Speed SeriesTop 20 class
Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class
Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class week 1
The Swag ProjectTop 10 class
The Swag ProjectTop 10 class week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
ViewBug Photography Awards 2018Top 10 class
ViewBug Photography Awards 2018Top 10 class week 2
ViewBug Photography Awards 2018Top 10 class week 1
Our Amazing Planet Photo Contest xpozerTop 10 class
Our Amazing Planet Photo Contest xpozerTop 10 class week 1
Creative Reality Photo ContestTop 10 class
Creative Reality Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
A World In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Fluid Self Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Fluid Self Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Rule Of Seconds Photo Contest vol1Top 10 class
Rule Of Seconds Photo Contest vol1Top 10 class week 1
Abandoned Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our World At Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Monochrome Creative Compositions Photo ContestTop 10 class
Monochrome Creative Compositions Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 30 class
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 14Top 10 class
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21 Comments | Report
Witmar
 
Witmar December 27, 2017
good shot
garyalexander
garyalexander February 16, 2018
Thank you, much appreciated!
michael_mancilla
 
michael_mancilla February 16, 2018
Beautiful image, fantastic composition all around excellent work. This is worthy of a large print on Fuji Pearl black and white paper for your wall.
garyalexander
garyalexander February 17, 2018
Thank you Michael, much appreciated and will consider your suggestion.
richardalliers PRO
 
richardalliers February 17, 2018
wow! you captured this lovely!
garyalexander
garyalexander February 17, 2018
Thank you _atombomb, much appreciated!
Kthom08
 
Kthom08 February 17, 2018
Great composition in the wall with the water
It just leave you want more
Kthom08
 
Kthom08 February 17, 2018
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mikedunn_5627
 
mikedunn_5627 February 17, 2018
Great leading lines and composition...definitely rocks in B&W????
garyalexander
garyalexander February 17, 2018
Thank you Mike, very much appreciated and black and white works very well for this image.
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi March 11, 2018
great BTL. Now I know what it takes to be a great photographer.
garyalexander
garyalexander March 11, 2018
Thank you very much for your nice comment, glad the BTL help, that and lots of practice!
rosaposa PRO+
 
rosaposa April 23, 2018
Wonderful shot. It makes me feel like this pier goes on forever. So effective in black and white too. Congratulations on your very much deserved award too!
garyalexander
garyalexander April 28, 2018
Thank you Rosa, your nice comments are very much appreciated!
Flymechgirl PRO
 
Flymechgirl April 28, 2018
Love the subject and your vision, your B&W is amazing!
JM18Photography PRO+
 
JM18Photography May 10, 2018
Congratulations!
Bobwhite PRO
 
Bobwhite May 10, 2018
Congratulations for win
garyalexander
garyalexander May 10, 2018
Thank you Bob, very much appeciatedand congratulations to you too!
NinjaZebracorn
 
NinjaZebracorn May 11, 2018
Congrats on the win, amazing photo.
HaliSowle PRO
 
HaliSowle May 11, 2018
Beautiful image. Congratulations!
garyalexander
garyalexander May 12, 2018
Thank you HaliSowle, very much appreciated!
dongyunbai
 
dongyunbai May 28, 2018
good job
garyalexander
garyalexander June 05, 2018
Thank you, appreciated!
andyjenkinsphoto PRO
 
andyjenkinsphoto June 09, 2018
Superb shot Gary, love the monochrome and the exposure time is absolute perfection
garyalexander
garyalexander June 09, 2018
Thank you Andy, very much appreciated
Bernardng PRO+
 
Bernardng June 19, 2018
Great composition with the leading line and shape
garyalexander
garyalexander June 20, 2018
Thank you Bernard, very much appreciated!
speterson6 PRO+
 
speterson6 August 17, 2018
Beautiful image. Great use of lines and form. Perfect in B&W.
garyalexander
garyalexander September 26, 2018
Thank you for your nice comment, much appreciated.
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 December 15, 2018
this looks like the image that adobe used on the last Photoshop CC
garyalexander
garyalexander December 15, 2018
Thank you, was it CC 2017 you were talking about?
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 December 15, 2018
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TheraX
 
TheraX Jun 19
Such a beautiful shot
davidthibaudeau PRO+
 
Amazing capture, simply stunning...

Behind The Lens

Location
This image, being not only one of my personal favourites, but also very popular, was taken in the bay of a small fishing village of St Monans, on the eastern coastine that is part of the Fife region of Scotland. This is a breakwater, a stone structure that serves as a means of preventing both coastal erosion from the Firth of Forth estuary and a means of boats passing safely into St Monans harbour.
Time
Arriving in St Monans the night prior, I stayed overnight at a local guest house, to arise very early at 5am in the morning. The reason for the early rise is that having studied the tidal times the night prior, I wanted to capture a long exposure at high tide to capture the effect of the water hitting of the side of the breakwater.
Lighting
Having decided I wanted a long exposure shot, I mounted my camera to my tripod and using a shutter release cable, allowed for a 34 second exposure shot.
Equipment
Canon 6D, Canon EF 17 40 f4 L lens at 23mm, ISO 50, f14, 34 second exposure. Vanguard tracker 3 tripod and wired shutter release cable.
Inspiration
The St Monans breakwater serves as a great leading line that follows your eye through the photo, I felt that given the weather conditions using a black and white composition served this image perfectly, gave it a kind of surreal yet dark and mysterious feel to it. I also like how it conveyed a sense of solitude within the emptiness of its surrounding environment.
Editing
Using Photoshop, After I had worked on the RAW image to get the best black and white tones, I decided to add a gradient curves layer to the top half of the photo and a circular gradient layer to the bottom half of the composition.
In my camera bag
Canon 6D, 17 - 40 f4 L lens, 70 - 200 f4 L lens, Vanguard tracker 3 tripod, Lee big stopper and filter holder kit, various ND grad filters, spare batteries.
Feedback
Visualize the type of shot that you are aiming for even gaining inspiration from others work through sites such as Viewbug, plan ahead to determine tidal times, weather forecasts, travel arrangements and arrange accommodation prior to visiting, before leaving check all batteries are charged and lenses are cleaned prior to taking photos, before taking the shot take time to plan your composition and framing of the shot.

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