The End of the Day at Pittenweem by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Your Country’s Best 15-04-2013
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Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Lens: @ 30mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f10, Shutter: 1/200

Taken as the sun was going down at the end of the day at Pittenweem Harbour. The village of Pittenweem sits on the Firth of Forth in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. It was the site of an early Christian religious settlement; St Fillan’s Cave is believed to have been the site of a retreat of St Fillan in the 7th Century. The settlement developed as a fishing village, with sheltered beaches that provided a safe place for boats to be hauled ashore. As the fishing industry grew, breakwaters were built. The settlement expanded to the east, where a harbour was constructed, allowing larger boats to anchor. As well as fishing, the harbour was used by boats shipping coal from the nearby mines at Easter Grangemuir and Pathhead. From the 1770s Sir John Anstruther had the harbour expanded to accommodate this trade and the export of salt extracted from sea water at St Monans. The Fife fishing industry reached its peak with the herring boom of the late 19th and early 20th Century. Since then, the fleet has declined. No longer able to provide sufficient trade for a number of separate harbours, the fishing industry has become concentrated at Pittenweem, while other villages are now more widely used for shellfishing and leisure.


pittenweem, pittenweem harbour, fife, scotland, harbours, reflections, architecture

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

    Beautiful light

  • Thank you Robyn.

    – Christine Smith

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Beautiful sunlet scene

  • Thank you very much for your kind words.

    – Christine Smith

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 1 year ago

    a super image, wonderful,dawn

  • Thank you very much Dawn.

    – Christine Smith

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 1 year ago

    Lovely warm light in this pretty wee fishing village.

  • Thank you very much for both your kind words and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much for featuring my image in ‘You County’s Best’ Marie. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Love this Christine, it is one of the most photographed houses in Pittenweem. The house is called Gyles House

  • Thanks so much Tom for both your comment and the fave and the information on Gyles House. I love finding out the history of old buildings.

    – Christine Smith

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture Christine!

  • Thanks so much for both your comment and the fave Roy. Much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    This is a very pretty place and thanks for the information…………… always enhances an image…………………..Joyce

  • I really appreciate both your kind words and the fave Joyce. Thanks so much.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 1 year ago

    Awesome scene Christine!!…beautiful light!!

  • Thank you very much for both your lovely comment and the fave Kate.

    – Christine Smith

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