Portknockie, Moray, Scotland

I have taken a few shots of this place not least because it's only a few miles down the road, but this is probably the finest shot I have ever taken of the Bowfiddle rock stack off the Portknockie coast. It was a year in the planning and the execution took three years but I am delighted with the results. The thrift is at its peak in early June and it layers the cliff tops, a storm the previous day had left the sea boiling like a hot cauldron yet it was predicted to be still the following day (no flower movement)and the weather and tides were finally optimal. The light was as ephemeral as my namesake Transient Light, lasting all of two minutes, but I won't ever forget that feeling when the small hairs on the back of my neck stood to attention with the sheer exhilaration of it. I have a more dramatically lit version but this one does it for me.

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Pentax 67 II ,55-100 zoom, Fujichrome Velvia
Polariser, 3 stop ND and 0.3ND grad, f/27 at 16 Seconds.

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