|Boddin Point. Yashica 35 CC, XP2. I took two shots of this one, one wide open|
and one stopped down as I wanted to see what the bokeh was like. It wasn't
very good being a bit wiry.
The coastline in the county of Angus on Scotland's east coast is interesting rather than spectacular. The land is so old that it's been worn away over the eons and is very much on a small scale with cliffs never really much higher than a few hundred feet.
There are a few parts that are worth investigating, though. Boddin Point is a thin finger of land jutting out into the North Sea that has a large fortress-like lime kiln at its head. This is now crumbling into the sea and no one seems bothered to do anything about it.
|This was probably shot at f16 for front-to-back sharpness. I think the above pic|
at f1.8 has captured the atmosphere a little better.
It was once used to produce fertiliser for the surrounding farms but I suppose it fell out of fashion when other types of fertiliser became commercially available. Its dilapidation has been painful to witness. When I first visited the place about 15 years ago, it was safe enough to walk along the top of the lime kiln.
Now, it's best avoided altogether as the land on which the kiln sits is literally being eaten away by the waves that pour into the bay. Large chunks of land have disappeared beneath the waves and I'd rate the south-west side as fairly hazardous. It's only a matter of time before the foundations are so undermined by the sea that the kiln collapses into the waves.
There are one or two upturned boats that look like they haven't been moved for ages lying around and the whole peninsula has a somewhat careworn air. Needless to say, I like it! I really need to return with the Speed Graphic because it would be perfect for the type of pics that are on this page.
|It never ceases to amaze me how nice boats are to photograph!|
|Couldn't resist this one either.|
|Lime Kiln and Jesus beams. That lone seagull had no sense of composition.|
|The views from Boddin Point are nice. This is looking across the bay at Red Head,|
one of the tallest cliffs along the Angus coastline.
All but the last two were taken on a Yashica 35 CC rangefinder which has a very nice 35mm f1.8 lens, probably the fastest wide angle fixed lens on any 35mm compact. The film was XP2 which is one of my favourites for 35mm shooting being fast enough and with fine-enough grain for quite big enlargements. I was using it when I was still a digital shooter and didn't have the darkroom going. It was easy popping it into ASDA to have the negs developed although that was always something of a lottery and scratches ruined a fair few.
I sold the Yashica a while back because it gave me the same compositional headaches as all rangefinder cameras. I sometimes wonder if anyone would have bothered to invent the rangefinder if Oscar Barnack's first camera had been an SLR...
The final pair were taken on the Mamiya Press (another bloody rangefinder!) and are fairly unique for me in that I used the 150mm Sekor instead of the more normal 90mm or 65mm wide angle. The film was Ilford HP5+ which I rated at 250 ISO and developed in Perceptol 1+3, still one of the best film/dev combinations ever in my opinion. Thanks to the late Barry Thornton for pointing me in that direction.
|Only a mother could love this camera.|
If you ever find yourself in the area Boddin Point is worth a visit. There are some quirky wee places further up the coast as well including a cliff-top cemetery where - and I'm not joking here - the local 19th century stonemason seems to have suffered from intermittent bouts of innumeracy. On one headstone, he managed to have the incumbent dying before he was born - a neat trick even for the wilder parts of rural Angus. Must get a pic of that headstone just to prove I'm not making it up!
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