Above Pennan

Above Pennan


Well I was out on a job this week in Aberdeenshire and the sea haar was thick and pretty un-photogenic returning along the coast the sun was burning off the fog – as I was passing Pennan the light was fighting to kill the fog and generate some subtle soft light – you may just get a taste of what I am talking about, by looking at the light on the field above the cliffs on the left of the image, where the light is electrifying the field  over the rest of the flat neutral tones. Anyway I turned off in to the steep decent and caught this view. Pennan famous of course for the film Local Hero is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. Endless Scottish beaches wonderful light humour and a magnificent Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Soundtrack. Enjoy


  1. Great photo! I’ve watched Local Hero at least eleven times and knew I was looking at ‘Ferness’ right away (that’s Marina’s snorkel near the rocks on the left) Big Knopfler fan too. Cheers!

    1. Alexander – you can come back to my blog anytime – that is one of the most uplifting things anyone has said here so thank you very much – it is a rather amazing location and I recommend the film Local Hero if you haven’t seen it (all based here)

  2. Amazing composition you did and captured dear Scott, This little town seems like someone who doesn’t want to disturb the nature world πŸ™‚ Fascinated me. Thank you, love, nia

    1. Well Michael get the trip in to the diary otherwise we both know other things will get in the way. You will not regret the trip and I will advise personally on several must visit locations. πŸ™‚

  3. The way those cottages sit with their gables oriented to the prevailing weather is nicely emphasised in this wonderful photograph. You have so many beautiful images, Scott…fabulous blog.

    1. Iain, wonderful of you to say so – I am absolutely passionate about the Highlands and especially the coastal views. Pennan is a wee gem – have you seen the film Local Hero?

  4. Great place and a I suspect was a great pleasure to be able to get a great shot after the North Sea had been clouding the coast……it tends to stick and reluctant to leave.

    1. David it is and I want to return in a multitude of weather conditions – I suspect it will be a cracker for a winter storm. Getting the light on the north coast as you know is a challenge due to the cliffs but you do get some good stuff if you keep returning – I have a job in Banff next week so will probably drop in.

    1. Thanks Gunta – it is an amazing place – I don’t think people in general how easy we have it in this modern world – eeking a living out from Fishing and trying to get it to market must have been hard graft in drafty simple houses – facing right in to the eye of the storm.

    1. Phil you would love the sea birds on the surrounding cliffs (check out Troup Head, Aberdeenshire in Google – a wildlife reserve ) you would take a bunch of shots.

  5. I might be repeating myself but it is gorgeous, Scott! The “electrified” field and the way it stands out on the peaceful-ish background – sheer beauty, and a great composition.
    PS: And now I am in the proper mood to listen to “Brothers in Arms” πŸ™‚

    1. Yes it is amazing how music can go with a location – Mark Knopfler wrote the soundtrack to the film – he also wrote Cal worth checking out – if you need some chill time.

  6. You were lucky, Scott. It hasn’t ‘burnt off’ here all week. We’ve been stuck with mizzle and damp. It’s a lovely shot though. πŸ™‚

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