Behind the lens: My Guide to the Area
The flat is sold, my things are in storage, it's time to start the journey as a digital nomad! In the next few months I will travel to Budapest and Thailand with possibly some other stops along the way. In this blog, I'd like to share some of the photography highlights that I seek out along the way. So what better place to start than the area I've called home for over two years, Fife.
If you haven't seen the YouTube video for this post, you can check it out here!
The first stop for some quality photos in Fife is undoubtedly North Queensferry. Here you can get some great images of the Forth Rail Bridge.
The new road bridge is also quite a sight and the cables running from each of the three towers catches the sun nicely.
It is said that you're not a Fifer without a photo of the Forth Bridge in your house!
The Abbey in Dunfermline has real potential for photographers. A tall spire, dungeons and a cemetery - what's not to like?
Below the Abbey lies Pittencrieff Park. Here the inquisitive tame squirrels are well up for some close-up wildlife photography.
There is also a stream that winds through the lower reaches of the park that can make for some excellent long exposure images.
Having lived here for the last two years it's the area I'm most familiar with. The obvious photographic opportunity here is the wooden pier at Hawkcraig Point.
Over 200 years old, it's lost a few pieces over the years with some big chunks drifting away in the last year alone. Best to get some photos while it's still there!
At low tide, it's possible to walk east past the pier and get a view of Hawkcraig cliff leading down to the lighthouse.
Wildlife to look out for are the small colony of fulmars on Hawkcraig cliffs as well as seals that can often be seen basking on rocks along Blacksands Beach in the morning.
St Fillans Church in Aberdour can also be worth visiting while in the village. On a wet and gloomy day in Autumn I got this shot that I felt would make a moody black and white image.
The port in Burntisland has several industrial features to it that make for some quality subjects. But my favourite is without a doubt the rusty old looking lighthouse at the end of the pier.
The pier the lighthouse sits on is unfortunately closed to the public. However, you can approach it from the opposite pier in amongst the fishermen that are usually there.
Arriving at Kirkcaldy from the west there is an area along the beach called Seafield. It's filled with craggy rocks along the intertidal which makes for an ever changing canvas to explore. The broken wall that stretches into the sea is perhaps the most eye-catching feature to get an exposure of.
In the spring, the semi-ancient forest at Lochore Meadows is covered in bluebells. The intense blue and green coloured vegetation only interrupted by the tree trunks makes for some great compositional opportunities.
Further up the coast, a visit to St Monans is essential for the iconic zigzag pier. People come from afar to capture this stunning pier and when you look at some of the photographic results you can understand why.
Check out the map below for locations.
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