Sometimes an evening’s photography can be perfect. Great location, great light and great company. This is the story of one such evening.
It all started with an email.
I get quite a few emails these days inviting me out to shoot at one location or another. Most of the time I have to decline, I am either away in Scotland where I work or it would eat too much into my weekend and the precious time that I have at home with my wife.
However, this particular email had 2 thing’s going for it. 1. it was suggesting we meet up during the week and 2. it was recommending a couple of locations in Fife, just across the Forth of Firth from Livingston where I live during the week.
So that it how a couple of weeks later I found myself pulling up outside a house on a smart estate in Dalgety Bay.
My companion for the evening was to be Les Ironside, a former engineer turned commercial photographer now retired who has been inspired to re-ignite his passion for photography by watching videos on YouTube.
We started at Hawkcraig Point, a great chunk of reddish brown rock jutting out into the Forth of First just east of the pretty village of Aberdour.
At first I found it a little uninspiring but it didn’t take too long to find a composition which used the ‘beacon’ (or whatever you call it) as a focal point.
We chatted like old friends about photography, YouTube and life in general. With 60+ years experience in photography Les was fascinating to listen to as he spun tales of film photography, light meters and fully manual cameras from a bygone era.
After a while we headed west along the coast to the picturesque harbour at Aberdour with it’s view out towards the island of Inchcolm.
It was here that we met Tony.
A resident of Aberdour Tony was friendly and open and we warmed to him immediately. We chatted for a while as I set up a long exposure looking out passed the harbour wall to the Firth of Forth.
When I was finished Tony invited us back to his house just up the hill to see the view of Inchcolm from his back garden. How could we refuse?
We arrived just as the sun was setting. The view from Tony’s back garden was everything he promised it would be and more.
After a quick comfort break I had just enough time to grab a shot of Inchcolm Island as the setting sun cast it’s final rays across the estuary.
My passion for photography has given me many wonderful experiences over the years. I have visited places I might otherwise have bypassed and seen things that I might have otherwise have missed, but increasingly it is the people that I meet that leave the greatest impression.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget that perfect evening of photography with Les and Tony.