Twilight Tranquillity

St Salvators Chapel floodlit against the vibrant twilight sky.

The twilight sky lights up with pastel colours beyond the spire of St Salvator’s Chapel in St Andrews.

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Saint Salvator’s Chapel forms one of the most prominent features in the skyline of St Andrews.  Perhaps more commonly photographed from the north and the West Sands but here pictured from the south east, along the coastal path.

Long after the sun set on this summer’s evening, in the twilight hour, the sky formed a great spectrum of pastel shades from the pinkish haze at the distant horizon up to the darker blues of the clear sky above.  This forms a great backdrop to the floodlit spire of St Salvator’s Chapel in the foreground.

I like the minimalist composition that these twilight circumstances lend themselves to, with an elongated vertical panorama and the foreground only occupying a small proportion of the final image frame.  This composition is also helped through the use of a long zoom lens to shorten the sense of perspective between the Chapel and the distant hills beyond.

There’s a lot to be said for twilight photography; the moments after the sun has dipped over the horizon, when nature’s light combine with man’s, compliment themselves brilliantly to balance light and shadow throughout the scene.

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