Toward Portencross

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Journal, Long Exposure, Photography | 1 Comment

Toward Portencross - © willomailley.com
Toward Portencross – © willomailley.com


After leaving Irvine, I drove on to Portencross – one of my favourite photography locations. Unusually, I didn’t settle on the pier itself; instead, I walked on along the rocky shoreline which ultimately leads to Hunterston. Finding a good spot, I made this long exposure of two and half minutes.

The Big Idea

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The Big Idea - © willomailley.com

The Big Idea - © willomailley.com

On an exceptionally warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, I drove to Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. Getting out of the car, I saw this scene before me. This is the bridge which used to lead across the river to The Big Idea, a place which made science fun and brought it to the masses. Now, it is closed but the bridge remains, as does the building it once led to.

This image is comprised of three different exposures, fused together at the processing stage.

Dusk, Toward Arran

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Journal, Photography | Leave a comment
Dusk, Toward Arran - © willomailley.com

Dusk, Toward Arran - © willomailley.com

The evening I made this image, I had spent around six hours on this beach. Within the first hour, I had decided that what I wanted was a dusk shot, so I began the waiting game. And it was worth it. As dusk began to fall, the light changed dramatically, the colours in the sky lit up and reflected beautifully on the moving water, catching the crests of the waves and painting them with flecks of molten gold. I had been photographing out to sea when I happened to look round and saw these two men walking out on the quayside. Praying they would stand still long enough for me to make a good exposure, I was delighted that they did, and the image was made.

Dunure Point

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Journal, Long Exposure, Photography | Leave a comment
Dunure Point - © willomailley.com

Dunure Point - © willomailley.com

A quick trip to the Ayrshire coast yesterday gave me this shot. A blustery day to begin with, standing literally on the edge of the waves was a daunting experience, as the wind got up very quickly and I wondered if the tripod would still be standing at the end of the two minute exposure. It was pleasing looking along the coastline toward the majestic rock of the Ailsa Craig, far in the distance.


Castle, Portencross

Castle, Portencross - © willomailley.com

Castle, Portencross - © willomailley.com

Begun sometime around 1360, Portencross Castle has a long history and was the setting for the signing of a number of Royal documents in the time of King Robert II. From the 1600s, the castle was inhabited by local fishermen until the roof was lost in a storm in January 1739. More recently, a local group called The Friends of Portencross Castle set about refurbishing the place – now, it opens to the public for periods during the year.

It is said that Portencross Castle was the last resting place of the great kings of Scotland. Legend has it that they were transported via the castle on their way to Iona, for burial. They lay in state at Portencross Castle for a short time.

Photographically, the castle adds a new dimension to the wild rocky shoreline of the area, a good focal point and interest in the landscape. In this particular image, the approaching storm provided a very good backdrop to the structure of the castle, and it was perfect for conversion to monochrome.