Category Archives: Seascape

iPhone Photography: Portobello Beach

There is a saying, attributed to Louis XVIII, that punctuality is the politeness of kings. I take being on time very seriously and because  I’m usually afraid to be late for an appointment, I’m often early.

iPhone photograph of Portobello beach, Edinburgh, Scotland,  with DistressedFX texture and flock of birds

I decided to include a little bit of the beach and Firth of Forth in my composition, reserving the largest part of the frame for the sky, because it was the most interesting element.

I used to rue the time I wasted waiting for the meeting or appointment because I was ahead of schedule. Not anymore. Now that I’ve learned to use the camera that is always with me, in my iPhone, I spend the time waiting for my appointment honing my iPhone photography skills.

iPhone photograph of Portobello beach, Edinburgh, Scotland,  with DistressedFX texture and flock of birds

Same composition and texture as in the first photograph, but with a different set of birds from the DistressedFX app.

On that day, I had a meeting in Portobello, and not surprisingly I was early. The light was good so I decided to stroll down to the beach to take some iPhone photographs.

iPhone photograph of Portobello beach, Edinburgh, Scotland,  with DistressedFX texture and flock of birds

This time, I left the originals colours more or less untouched and tried a different DistressedFX texture for a more somber mood.

I do like to add textures to my photographs, and one of my favourite apps is DistressedFX. With this app, not only can you easily overlay a wide variety of textures on your photographs, but you can also add a flock of birds.

iPhone photograph of Portobello beach, Edinburgh, Scotland,  with DistressedFX texture and flock of birds

Now for a different composition, excluding the sand beach from the picture.

I really recommend the DistressedFX app, but  I do  offer you this word of caution: it is very addictive!

iPhone photograph of Portobello beach, Edinburgh, Scotland,  with DistressedFX texture and flock of birds

Yet a different flock of birds for this last picture.

Silverknowes Beach, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Silverknowes beach long exposure photograph of Firth of Forth after sunset

Just after the sun sets, one can get some incredible light over the Firth of Forth, as in this picture taken from Silverknowes beach.

The above photo is part of my ongoing personal project on Edinburgh seascapes. The beach at Silverknowes is an interesting place to photograph. Depending on the tide and sky, it can look very different from one day to another. On this day, the tide was quite high and I was fortunate to be on hand to capture the elongated clouds over the Firth of Forth. The choice of a long exposure further enhanced the effect. I could only manage to take one picture like this, since after this photo was taken the light was gone.

I was drawn to the rock at the bottom left to use as foreground interest in my picture, and since the sky looked much more interesting, I made it the dominant element in my composition.