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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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43 Comments | Report
Angel1957
 
Angel1957 March 08, 2019
Very artsy. Would hang this one in my house.
bonico
 
bonico March 09, 2019
Beautiful photo/work
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 👍
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. Qué gran toma! Valió la pena el peligro y todo lo que implicó esta toma! Felicitaciones!
toivido PRO+
 
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
 
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 PRO+
 
nonadawnlarsen December 17, 2020
Nice
ceeceewilson
 
ceeceewilson December 18, 2020
Wow that's amazing
debarunbiswas
 
debarunbiswas Jan 07
Fantastic
pauld18
 
pauld18 Jan 12
Wow this is incredible
jeanettecross
 
jeanettecross Feb 01
GRAT PITCHER I LIKE I
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_5515_5727 Feb 10
god
julielockwood_9289
 
Wow totally mesmerising
daburlison PRO+
 
daburlison Feb 28
Love the composition.
rustycoats
 
rustycoats Mar 25
👍
logsdon1 Platinum
 
logsdon1 Mar 31
Wow
candacescott_2578
 
Not sure how you do it but this is epic
jenniferlynnscott_3205
 
Gorgeous!
lloydstampede
 
lloydstampede Apr 14
Nice capture
MrAlleyne
 
MrAlleyne Apr 19
Marvellous 👌🏾
ceciliahorta
 
ceciliahorta Apr 20
Legal
faithmccallisterbostic
 
Peaceful
homayountamaddon
 
😍
yelalshazly390
 
Cooooooool
juliea.gross
 
juliea.gross May 16
Cool shot!!!
daisyveiga
 
daisyveiga Jun 11
😍
carlajacobsstubbe
 
The end of the line
9989mukhini
 
9989mukhini Jun 21
😍

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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