St Andrews at Dusk and Dawn

Pier at St Andrews Harbour before Dawn

The weather was far from ideal during my recent trip to St Andrews, but there was still some great photography to be had at dusk and dawn.  Here are a few images from the first couple of days of my visit.

St Andrews Harbour before Dawn
St Andrews Harbour before Dawn, Fife, Scotland

I headed out to the rocks at the end of West Sands, Doo Craigs, not far from The Scores and the Old Course for late afternoon and sunset on the first day. Not that there was much chance of a decent sunset as the cloud cover was quite heavy and the light was rather gloomy.

Rocky Shoreline St Andrews
Rocky Shoreline, St Andrews

Despite the gloom (or maybe because of it) the colour in the wet rocks seemed to stand out quite well so I spent some time looking at rock details along the shore.

Rocks and Waves at Doo Craigs
Rocks and Waves at Doo Craigs

As the light level dropped and the exposures lengthened I turned my attention more to the rocks in the sea with the waves lapping around them which gave rise to some interesting monochrome images.

Rocks and Sea at Dusk
Rocks and Sea at Dusk

As twilight set in, a little more colour appeared in the sky and reflected off the sea so I was able to add  few “blue hour” shots before calling it a day and looking forward to sunrise the following morning.

Pier at St Andrews Harbour before Dawn
Pier at St Andrews Harbour before Dawn

The great thing about the winter months is that you can get up at the usual time and still go out for a sunrise shoot before breakfast.  So I set off down to the harbour before dawn and set up the tripod on the pier.  The twilight gave a nice blue glow on the stones of the sea wall.

Rocks at East Sands before Dawn
Rocks at East Sands before Dawn

The tide was out, so there were some nice exposed rocks visible from the end of the pier, looking out over East Sands.

East Sands at Dawn St Andrews
East Sands at Dawn, St Andrews

Just before sunrise, the whole scene changed to a nice shade of pink.

St Andrews Harbour and Cathedral at Dawn
St Andrews Harbour and Cathedral at Dawn

The pink sky also cast a nice glow over the harbour scene, producing a quite different result from the initial cool blue twilight image!  As the sun rose, it disappeared into a thick bank of cloud and the pink light faded, so it was time to head back for breakfast.  Once again, the twilight proved to be the best light of the day.

You can also see some images from the shoot in my collection on 500px.

I’ll add another post on the Fife Coast near St Andrews soon!

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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