The Perfect Evening

Sometimes an evening’s photography can be perfect. Great location, great light and great company. This is the story of one such evening.

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.

Hawkcraig 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.

Aderbour Harbour

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.

Les and Tony

I don’t think I’ll ever forget that perfect evening of photography with Les and Tony.

5 thoughts on “The Perfect Evening”

  1. What a wonderful little story Chris. I’m warming to this companionship thing. I bet it was great to hear stories from the film era of photography and the method behind the work involved. Nice read

    1. Thanks James. As we have discussed on many occasions for me and many other amateurs there is so much more to photography than just getting the image. Since starting my YouTube channel I have made more friends, yourself included, than at any other point in my adult life (or at least since the first year of university). Les was great to listen and his stories of film photography were fascinating particularly for someone who has only ever shot digitally.

  2. It’s always inspiring to meet other photographers and see how they go about taking a picture. We tend to build our personal workflow and stick to it, even though it may be flawed or there may be a better way.

    Just a couple of days ago I sank some money into a tutorial made by Mads Peter Iversen, just to get an idea what his post processing workflow is like. I really like Mads’ pictures, he’s a genius in regard to composition but I had never seen to what degree he processes his images.

    I also vividly remember participating in a workshop held by Michael Breitung – another very talented landscape photographer based in Germany. It wasn’t so much about how he goes about taking a picture (he already covers that aspect in his videos), but rather to meet the man in person and have a chat or two.

    Needless to say I’ve bought every post processing tutorial he’s made so far and matter of fact, they were the starting point for my own workflow.

  3. Hi mate, meeting new people and sharing my passion for photography is the best thing about having a YouTube channel. I find it interesting that you have paid for workshops and tutorials created by professional photographers, as it’s something that I have never considered. Increasing I am looking to my fellow amateurs such as yourself for inspiration and guidance. Today my photography is less about the destination (i.e. the final image) and more about the journey and the people that I meet along the way.

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