This long exposure photograph of Turnberry Lighthouse on the west coast of Scotland ended up costing me quite a lot to capture! I’d clambered across the rocks at low tide to get to this position and set up my tripod, before taking a couple of four minute long exposures and a few other shots. When I turned around, I noticed that the tide had quietly crept in behind me and covered some of my path back to the beach. Top tip: If this happens to you, make sure to put your lens cap back on and preferably put the camera away in your bag before taking shoes and socks off to wade back through rock pools to the shore! I did neither and ended up with a badly scratched lens thanks to bumping it against a rock. This was my 24-105, which is my most used lens when travelling. As we were leaving on another trip a few days later, I didn’t have time to get it repaired and had to buy a new one.
I remember watching Pro Celebrity Golf at Turnberry on television years ago. They always turned the camera on Turnberry Lighthouse and Ailsa Craig, the island in the distance in this shot, and I’m glad I finally got to visit and photograph it – even if it was an expensive shot.
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