Print: West Sands Reflections

Print: West Sands Reflections

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


Photographer’s Profile: Dougal Nicol Landscape Photography



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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.

3 reviews for Print: West Sands Reflections

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Morna Lohoar (verified owner)

    Stunning photograph.  Lovely frame.  Arrived safely, well packaged.  Gift for husband who was born, brought up and lived in St Andrews for many years – much appreciated.  Thank you for great picture and great service.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt Nicholls (verified owner)

    Absolutely stunning photo of a stunning, special place. Great service all round, delighted with the print. Many thanks.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Cannon (verified owner)

    Simply stunning picture of one of my favourite places on earth. A gift this time but I may well buy one of my own!

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