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Auchmithie Stu

Blown away

5 January 2005

Some days are good, some are excellent, while every now and again one that is sublime comes along. Today was one of those days. I met up with Gavin and we set off for Arbroath for our wander along the clifftops with the occasional foray down a precipitous path to the beaches below for some respite from the gale that was howling around us. While the wind blew with all its might, and many a gust threatened to carry us off into the North Sea, the rain stayed away, and the temperature remained reasonable. The biggest problem we had (or I had) was keeping the camera glass clear of salt spray from the sea. We set out at about 10.30am, and walked almost all of the way to Auchmithie, which is, Gavin informed me, the village in which the famous Arbroath Smokies were first produced. There is not much left at Auchmithie now but a few houses perched on top of a cliff overlooking a small bay and the remains of what must once have been a thriving fishing harbour. It is still possible to imagine what it must have been like when it was full of fishing boats, fishwives and smoke houses. Unfortunately, however, all there is now is a sign telling people that they are not allowed to park caravans, a few old rowing boats and a couple of sheds. As we walked back to the car, we happened across an old car battery that had been dumped. We wondered what kind of person would want to carry an old and heavy car battery for three miles along a cliff top just to leave it littering the countryside, rather than take it to their local garage where it could be disposed of safely and at no cost. I guess some people just like making a mess. On another note, Gavin knows that I'm in the market for a DSLR, and that while I am leaning towards the 20D, I am not unwilling to consider other alternatives (such as the Fuji S2 Pro, the 10D or even a D70). To help me with my decision (and to push me in the Nikon direction) he offered to loan me his brand new D70 for a couple of days. I was flabbergasted at his amazing offer. Of course I thanked him profusely as I declined: I wouldn't want to deprive him of his new camera. In any event, I would be far too scared to use it in case I damaged it. Just goes to show you what a nice guy he is, though. Thanks again for the offer, Gavin: it blew me away!

FujiFilm FinePix S7000Z
1/25s f/5.6 at 22.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Jeff Bosie01-Sep-2005 15:29
Great B&W. Nice choice, as I bet this would not be as interesting in color.
bruce berrien01-Jul-2005 21:09
Great choice, I heartily approve.
Guest 22-Mar-2005 03:12
loving this image
Wes Armour13-Jan-2005 22:01
This is nice, I like the composition and tones.
Guest 11-Jan-2005 22:29
this is a brilliant shot, I really like this one,
Lee Kindness10-Jan-2005 20:50
Nice lines
Adalberto Tiburzi08-Jan-2005 11:56
Wonderful! Vote.
jypsee07-Jan-2005 04:05
Powerfully graphic!!
bruce berrien07-Jan-2005 01:07
This is one of my favorites - shows your black & white prowess quite well.
Ann LT07-Jan-2005 00:50
Wanted to comment on this one yesterday Stu but I couldn't (Pbase is driving us all nuts!) I like the perspective and monochrome. Your friend Gavin is very generous indeed. I love my D70.
Dougie Robertson06-Jan-2005 18:03
Great image Stu, never been to Auchmithie, will have to make a note to visit.
Gavin06-Jan-2005 14:04
Wonderful captures Stu. I Really like your B & W conversions. Thanks for a really enjoyable day. Here's to the next one :)
Guest 06-Jan-2005 12:40
Love B&W pics, this one is very good and very sharp too!
Lori Rolfe06-Jan-2005 10:55
ooopppss images :-)
Lori Rolfe06-Jan-2005 10:54
beautiful iamges here ..... nice angle on the boat and framing .... nice in B&W
Guest 06-Jan-2005 10:52
Very strong shot! I love boats photographs, so really like this one! Well done Stu.
Zak06-Jan-2005 09:26
they've a new marina round Arbroath haven't they? Work on the marina at the port is suppose to start anyday now...
nice shot of the old boat!
Gilles Navet06-Jan-2005 08:56
Great texture work, a "mélancolie" atmosphere too
Pearhaps the end of a boat
Jim B06-Jan-2005 08:23
This is simply wonderful. I like everything about it, but especially the pebbles on the beach.
whiskey0106-Jan-2005 06:37
Pepe Zyman06-Jan-2005 06:01
Agree with Robin. Very nice tones and texture.
Jude Marion06-Jan-2005 05:58
BEautiful images ... all of 'em!
I agree with Robin, your B/W's are fabulous!
Robin Reid06-Jan-2005 04:48
Your black and white work is really excellent. Stu. I like the texture and range of tones.
Herb Knufken06-Jan-2005 04:34
Excellent shot
laine8206-Jan-2005 02:27
I'm at the point where I haven't a clue what I've seen, commented on or sent maessage this Stu. Now please pbase, work.
Karen Leaf06-Jan-2005 02:12
Great b/w, Stu, as the others have said, and the broken dinghy makes a compelling subject. Makes me want to know the history of this particular one.
Cheryl Hawkins06-Jan-2005 01:27
3rd time I've tried to comment on this photo and am now at a loss for words.

This is an excellent Black and White. I love the crop/composition. Excellent details.

I've also enjoyed your B&W galleries and just wanted to let you know, hopefully I can post individual comments later.
Coleen Perilloux Landry06-Jan-2005 00:59
Wonderful in black and white.
jude06-Jan-2005 00:50
Excellent detail in this.. great perspective, too. Gavin sounds like a great guy!
Gayle P. Clement06-Jan-2005 00:49
First, Gavin is certainly generous and a good friend.

I do love this addition to your B&W gallery. Excellent detail and curves.
Elaine (etfitz)06-Jan-2005 00:37
Wonderful image! This is great in B&W, you can really see all of the details!