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Islay: The Surfer by Kasia-D

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Despite some of the most magnificent beaches and great surf in the world, the Scottish Hebrides are not really surfers’ paradise. But there are some lone pioneers. It was a gorgeously sunny day but pretty breezy on the beautiful beach which seemed to stretch for ever at Machir Bay. Air and water contrasted nicely with the angle of the clouds seeming to reflect the approaching waves.

A couple of surfers took advantage of the waves, despite the cool waters (12°C). This guy is only coming in to drop off his board before going back to bodysurf! A second guy is out by the rocks you can see off the coast. I was really pleased when the lone surfer strode across the surf to the shore, adding a contrasting focal point to the beach scene.

Location: Machir Bay, Islay, Scotland, UK.
On the north west coast of the lovely southern Hebridean island of Islay, a couple of miles from the Kilchoman farm distillery. Well worth a visit for the golden nektar but also for the farm shop and the good eatery in the converted barn.

Latitude: N 55°46,880’ (55°46’52,8”)
Longitude: W 6°27,480’ (6°27’28,8”)
Altitude: 0,00m, Sea level

Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200mm. Shot in RAW and converted to JPG.

Featured in Old Farts of Redbubble, European Everyday Life, Highland and Island Photographers, Northern Landscapes, All Things Natural in the British Isles

Born in Scotland, at home in Europe, I am a passionate photographer with eclectic tastes who loves to travel and capture images of our beautiful world. Check out my gallery or contact me directly for contract work or customization.
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  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 5 years ago

    Very, very beautiful and really impressive! :)

  • Kasia, thank you here too. The view was very impressive, and the guys too. They were out there for ages dispite the cold.

    – Kasia-D

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    Ooh, this is lovely Kasia! That sky and sand, and then to capture a human in there too! Even better!! :))

  • Vicki, thank you here too!! Well, not quite the temperatures of the Gold Coast but I guess the buzz of surfing here is great too and you have the whole surf to yourself! I have many shots but you’re right, capturing a human there just sets it off.

    – Kasia-D

  • Franmacimages
    Franmacimagesover 5 years ago

    Absolutely Brilliant KD A Stoater!!! Frank

  • Frank, thanks for your enthusiasm – really appreciated. Haven’t heard that word for a wee while:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 5 years ago

    It may well be world famous for whisky but only those who are fortunate enough to have have been there know of it’s beautiful unspoilt expansive beaches and the peaceful atmosphere of the location, a beautiful image Kasia, makes me feel quite homesick,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Rod, sorry for my late reply. I’m pleased it is beautiful enough to make you feel homesick, if you know what I mean. Thank you for taking the time for the lovely comment. Islay is a wonderful island, full of contrasts. Beaches like this or on Loch Gruinart are quite amazing. Regards, Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured scene and great description, but a bit cool for my liking!

  • Thank you for your lovely compliment and fave. I suppose it is a wee bit warmer Down Under where you are.

    – Kasia-D

  • DaveReed
    DaveReedover 5 years ago

    wow Kasia, thats one big sky :))) the guy in the middle really gives you a sense of scale and emptyness . . . . mind you if it were 30 deg you wouldn`t be able to move for people lol

  • Dave, thank you for your lovely comment! It was an amazing scene with the sky and waves, then this guy strode across to add that scale.
    You’re so right – if the water and weather were warmer those quiet wee islands would be as busy as Benidorm:-((

    – Kasia-D

  • DreamEchos
    DreamEchosabout 5 years ago

    I really like this, the symmetry of the sky/clouds against the pattern of the water and Beach are Superb !

  • Evan, thank you here too. The sky was fascinating and I moved back to try to capture that symmetry. Just then the surfer walked across the shot – nicely timed:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • leunig
    leunigabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you for taking the time to comment on this and for running the great challenges. Really appreciated.

    – Kasia-D

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture, well done !!!
    Kind Regards, Erik

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment, Erik. I’m pleased you found this and liked it!

    – Kasia-D

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Polly. A pleasure to be here:_9

    – Kasia-D

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