Canvas: West Sands Reflections

Canvas: West Sands Reflections

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


Photographer’s Profile: Dougal Nicol Landscape Photography



Canvas and Frame:

Canvases do not require separate frames, like prints do, the canvas and frame are an integral item and so are good to go and ready to hang.

The quality of the canvases is second to none.  Photographs are printed, edge to edge, onto heavy weight canvas and stretched around a 38mm deep European Pine frame. The canvas is stretch tight and folded around the sides and corners of the frame, thereby concealing the pine frame itself.   The net result is a perfectly flat, taut canvas.

The canvas is secured to the frame by galvanised staples for a secure fixing, ensuring the canvas will not slacken in time.

Further detail on canvases is available here – Canvas Box Frames.


The size of the canvas (in inches) is measured on its front face.  The sides of the canvas covering the pine frame are printed black.

Inks and Lamination:

Images are printed using genuine HP Vivera Inks, producing vibrant colours and unrivalled image quality, and then laminated to provide a crack free, water resistant, cleanable and scratch resistant finish, with up to 200 years UV protection.

The lamination provides a subtle satin look to the finished canvas.


Canvases are finished to a very high standard with brown artist’s paper tape, felt pads and are fitted with a galvanised hanger so they are ready to hang.


All canvases are securely packaged and can be shipped anywhere in the UK but cannot presently be sent overseas due to logistical difficulties. Further detail and prices for postage and packing is available – Delivery Details. Delivery of the canvas will need to be signed for.

About the Photo

The West Sands at St Andrews present many possibilities for photography, and reflections are just one.  The orientation of St Andrews means sunrise over the town is best viewed in mid winter when the sun rises to the furthest south.  The cloud formation here also provides an interesting composition creating leading lines, drawing your eye to the focal point of the rising sun over the Chapel of Saint Salvator.

Reflections on the beach mean the timing of the sunrise has to coincide with the right state of the tide as well, as there’s little beach to work with when the tide’s in.  Stack this up against the unpredictable weather, sea state and the seasonal position of the sunrise and you’re not left with many opportunities in the year to take this photo.  Rest assured there was plenty of planning behind this final image!

The reflections in the wet sand are best captured as low to the ground as possible.  For the photographer this presents some depth of field issues to overcome but also requires good timing to capture the water as it flattens as the waves run back down the beach.  It also requires a willingness to get wet, lying down in the wet sand as the waves rush up the beach to meet you!!

It might not be as obvious, but I also love the movement in this photograph created by the breaking waves, throwing salty sea spray into the air as they roll into the beach.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with this one.

1 review for Canvas: West Sands Reflections

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo (verified owner)

    Excellent service – my canvas arrived within a couple of days of ordering. It really is a beautiful picture. I have many happy memories of family holidays as a child, and of studying at the university in St Andrews, and know that view well! I have been looking for a good picture of the town for a long time – and now I’ve got it! I love it – thank you!

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