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This was two years in the making to get the right conditions. It involved climbing a vertical ladder onto the narrow sea wall and standing precariously beside m...
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This was two years in the making to get the right conditions. It involved climbing a vertical ladder onto the narrow sea wall and standing precariously beside my tripod to get the shot.
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89 Comments | Report
Angel1957
 
Angel1957 March 08, 2019
Very artsy. Would hang this one in my house.
williambeckett
 
williambeckett March 11, 2019
I Told Him Not To Have That Last Drink !!!!
JoseMelim
 
JoseMelim March 16, 2019
A Fantastic place and a great composition, Excellent photo work, indeed!
socreative
 
socreative March 16, 2019
Beautiful! Where was this shot?
ianmountford
ianmountford April 11, 2019
Its St Monans in Fife, Scotland
Cali_Wine_Fan
 
Cali_Wine_Fan April 21, 2019
Well, those two years of this photo coming together were definitely worth the wait. Wonderful shot!
jensgaethje
 
jensgaethje April 23, 2019
Really nice. Well executed πŸ‘
MRueffer PRO+
 
MRueffer April 29, 2019
Love this
robbish_uk
 
robbish_uk May 02, 2019
A great shot from my village, I must give this a go. Great composition, technique and lighting.
iainsutherland
 
iainsutherland May 09, 2019
great photo of St Monans
katenaibauer
 
katenaibauer May 15, 2019
amazing!
stevietaylor
 
stevietaylor May 21, 2019
Cracking photo of an iconic pier m8, grew up not far from there myself.
RickL PRO+
 
RickL July 21, 2019
Exceptional photography
nuevamonica
 
nuevamonica August 02, 2019
Lo bueno, se hace esperar. QuΓ© gran toma! ValiΓ³ la pena el peligro y todo lo que implicΓ³ esta toma! Felicitaciones!
toivido
 
toivido December 01, 2019
Wow beautiful
CPKphoto
 
CPKphoto June 01, 2020
super picture with soft water
rachaelburns
 
rachaelburns October 27, 2020
A photo I really want to take but never got around to taking ....
donnalennoc
 
donnalennoc November 14, 2020
Wow
Guilden Platinum
 
Guilden November 18, 2020
I love the lead in lines in this image.
ryszardrozmus
 
ryszardrozmus November 25, 2020
SO biutyfull
Salenap
 
Salenap December 09, 2020
I love the color and the way it is
nonadawnlarsen
 
nonadawnlarsen December 17, 2020
Nice
ceeceewilson
 
ceeceewilson December 18, 2020
Wow that's amazing
debarunbiswas
 
debarunbiswas January 07, 2021
Fantastic
pauld18
 
pauld18 January 12, 2021
Wow this is incredible
jeanettecross
 
jeanettecross February 01, 2021
GRAT PITCHER I LIKE I
Muusaa
 
Muusaa February 10, 2021
god
julielockwood_9289
 
julielockwood_9289 February 12, 2021
Wow totally mesmerising
daburlison PRO+
 
daburlison February 28, 2021
Love the composition.
rustycoats
 
rustycoats March 25, 2021
πŸ‘
logsdon1 Platinum
 
logsdon1 March 31, 2021
Wow
candacescott_2578
 
candacescott_2578 April 08, 2021
Not sure how you do it but this is epic
jenniferlynnscott_3205
 
jenniferlynnscott_3205 April 11, 2021
Gorgeous!
MrAlleyne
 
MrAlleyne April 19, 2021
Marvellous πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ
ceciliahorta
 
ceciliahorta April 20, 2021
Legal
faithmccallisterbostic
 
faithmccallisterbostic April 24, 2021
Peaceful
homayountamaddon
 
homayountamaddon May 06, 2021
😍
yelalshazly390
 
yelalshazly390 May 10, 2021
Cooooooool
juliea.gross
 
juliea.gross May 16, 2021
Cool shot!!!
daisyveiga
 
daisyveiga June 11, 2021
😍
carlajacobsstubbe
 
carlajacobsstubbe June 14, 2021
The end of the line
9989mukhini
 
9989mukhini June 21, 2021
😍
ironnie
 
ironnie July 02, 2021
I like this
923465425721
 
923465425721 July 03, 2021
Nice
Masterpiece123
 
Masterpiece123 July 25, 2021
Omg if I was on that bridge I'd have a heart attack.
Saragoli
 
Saragoli August 19, 2021
πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
SerenaMarcus
 
SerenaMarcus August 25, 2021
Amazing!
andrewllewellyn_7422
 
andrewllewellyn_7422 August 30, 2021
Nice
abhishekkhawas
 
abhishekkhawas September 12, 2021
Wow
mahmoodfatahi
 
mahmoodfatahi September 14, 2021
????
gregclow
 
gregclow October 18, 2021
πŸ‘πŸ‘
Cutephotgraper
 
Cutephotgraper October 28, 2021
It's just looking like life path which never enda
patrickscarella_7000
 
patrickscarella_7000 November 02, 2021
Awesome photography...pure talent behind that cameraπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
Leostapler
 
Leostapler November 07, 2021
Wow
Copperred
 
Copperred November 14, 2021
Nice
shadsaha
 
shadsaha November 20, 2021
Nice
sarahmunden
 
sarahmunden November 20, 2021
Love that
lenelangeland
 
lenelangeland November 29, 2021
😍
anatolijzelka
 
anatolijzelka December 08, 2021
?????? ? ??????.
MannysPhotoz
 
MannysPhotoz December 19, 2021
Excellent!
Mileva
 
Mileva December 23, 2021
This is beyong stunniiiing!!
miltondebiasicosta_8943
 
miltondebiasicosta_8943 January 03, 2022
Great!!!
verajeanbrace
 
verajeanbrace January 10, 2022
Beautiful
francojavierbustogmez
 
francojavierbustogmez January 12, 2022
espolΓ³n zig-zag
ravenbane
 
ravenbane January 25, 2022
Awesome
martastaszko
 
martastaszko January 29, 2022
Top Claas
debbiehyland
 
debbiehyland February 15, 2022
Eerie feeling
Jenni13
 
Jenni13 March 02, 2022
Wow stunning
peterp_0106
 
peterp_0106 April 02, 2022
Breath taking πŸ‘Œ
ClaireB2 Ultimate
 
ClaireB2 April 29, 2022
Nice shot
jackiewhite
 
jackiewhite May 05, 2022
Amazing the picture draws me to it!
andrewmochrie
 
andrewmochrie May 10, 2022
Sensational
Emmlou
 
Emmlou May 17, 2022
😯😍
tmac_1257 Platinum
 
tmac_1257 May 22, 2022
amazing!
Minaphotography
 
Minaphotography June 26, 2022
Nice
emmarosa_3710
 
emmarosa_3710 July 17, 2022
πŸ‘
abishekindia
 
abishekindia July 17, 2022
Amazing
Maddie-P
 
Maddie-P August 03, 2022
Beautiful
LEFotos
 
LEFotos August 18, 2022
This is a great shot! It makes me want to explore!
HaliSowle Platinum
 
HaliSowle August 18, 2022
Love this!!
DersimAras
 
DersimAras August 23, 2022
beautiful shot
rosemarieglynn
 
rosemarieglynn August 26, 2022
Beautiful
modelmeemaw Platinum
 
modelmeemaw September 09, 2022
Awesome capture!
Habibof
 
Habibof September 19, 2022
Great..congratulations
siyamthandagqola
 
siyamthandagqola October 04, 2022
😍
AnNamir
 
AnNamir November 13, 2022
Amazing BNW!!
joyceharper_2070
 
joyceharper_2070 December 05, 2022
😚
aikisamuelyinka
 
aikisamuelyinka December 29, 2022
Beautiful
Antares0001 Platinum
 
Antares0001 December 29, 2022
Love it
SynSrpnt13
 
SynSrpnt13 Jan 16
Mysterious wonderful
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Behind The Lens

Location
This is the very unusual sea defence at St Monan's in Fife, Scotland. It really is one of a kind and its wayward zig zags inspired my title for it. This is a very long distance from my home so chances for me to photograph it are very rare. So you pretty much have to accept whatever the weather is doing on the day. I had been here on an earlier trip but was beaten off by a severe gale and wild waves that made getting anywhere near it way too dangerous. So I had to wait for another 2 years for a chance to visit it
Time
I was leaving the North of Scotland and timed my journey to arrive at high tide, which was mid morning. You have to be very careful when gaining this viewpoint. There is a walk down the first pier which has a wall taller than myself hiding any rogue waves that can flood over the top of it and give you an unexpected soaking. Then you have to climb some iron rails set in the wall to reach the top of the wall. There is just enough width to set a tripod up, but you have to stand at the side of it and lean over to your camera to frame the shot. There is also a good drop beneath you, so caution is key.
Lighting
There were frequent showers and the sun was fleeting between them. I was hoping for a Long Exposure of a minute, but the frequent sea spray made that impossible, so I doubled my ISO and halved my exposure to 30 secs. I cleaned my filters, again! and covered them with a cloth and waited for the sun to light the sea defence before taking my shot. Storm light is always dramatic and well suited to mono work. The dark skies and the searing sunlight gave some stunning light, and the wet wall sparkled in it.
Equipment
I used a Canon 5D Mk3 with 17-40mm f/4 USM lens at 19mm, ISO 200, 30 secs at f/11. Giottos carbon fibre tripod with Manfrotto geared head. Filters used were a Lee 10 stop ND with Lee 0.6 Grad. A remote cable timer was used.
Inspiration
I had heard about this sea defence and had found it on google maps satellite view. It was the uniqueness of it zig zag shape that immediately drew me to it, and I knew then that I had to visit it at some point.
Editing
Because of the frequent sea spray & rain on my filters I could not get a clean shot of the entire image, so I combined two shots that had a clean sky and one that had a clean sea defence. I also added a soft haze on the horizon, so that the sharp lines of the zig zag were prominent. After that some dodge & burning was used enhance the high contrast areas near the centre.
In my camera bag
Nowadays I am using a Sony A7r Mk3 with the Sony 24-105mm, which is a stunningly sharp and adaptable lens. I always have my Lee filters with me, which comprise of a 10, 6 & 2 stop ND, and a .9 & .6 Grad. I use a 3rd party cable timer to time my long exposure shots. My favourite tripod is the lightweight Giottos carbon fibre, and I love my Manfotto geared head because of its ease of use for framing my shots. I also keep a Sony RX100 mk2 in my pocket for quick shots that don't give me time to unpack my other gear.
Feedback
When planning any shots at the coast you must know your tide times, and what state of tide that suits your subject. I always put safety foremost and prefer to abort and return at a later date if conditions are against me. Be adaptable to the conditions and change your style to suit. Know how to get the best out of your camera and lens before you go.

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