When we wander aimlessly around the beautiful little village of Culross in south Fife, lying on the north bank of the Forth estuary, it is easy to think that life here was always idyllic and easy. Life here might be easy nowadays, but in the days of the industrial revolution in Scotland, this was a place of hard toil and sweat, what with its coal mining, salt panning and iron foundries.
During the 16th and 17th Centuries, this town was a centre of the coal mining industry. Sir George Bruce of Carnock, who built the splendid 'Palace' of Culross, established here in 1575 the very first coal mine in the World to extend under the sea, the mine being prevented from flooding by an ingenious mechanism of an endless chain of buckets driven by horse-power.
The town also had a busy harbour through which it traded with other local and distant ports. In fact, coal was exported to Europe and again, while we marvel at the lovely red pan-tiled roofs of the houses in Culross and other Fife villlages, these roof tiles were yet another product of the coal industry: ships carrying coal to Europe required ballast to steady them on their return journey and cheap red clay roof tiles from Holland provided the answer and were quickly snapped up for roofing the workers' houses.
This is Tanhouse Brae in Culross, a little narrow meandering street which leads up to Culross Church and the ruins of Culross Abbey of which I shall try to upload another picture later.
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npecanhuk (63470) 2012-05-11 16:49
Attractive and lovely picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities here!
TFS - congrats,
mirosu (13155) 2012-05-11 21:23
Great photo! Excelent composition with the houses around turning road in the middle. I like the color saturation, very good light and the excellent contrast between the colorful houses and the blue sky. Great work in making the photo pop with the usage of colors and contrast. Well doneJohn.
macjake (54830) 2012-05-11 21:28
beauty of a scene here.
I really enjoy the old style of chimney, adds alot of charm to the already charming homes.
all the small details add up to big things...the chimney, the rooftops, the textures walls, the stones around the window frames and the colors.
not much else you could have asked for.
love the scene.
enjoy the weekend
vishaal (1032) 2012-05-11 22:03
Good morning John,
An excellent photo, showing us this beautiful street with colorful houses. The cobbled street is looking wonderful in the FG.Very charming.. YOu have chosen a very good POV and there is wonderful light. Well done !
besnard (52819) 2012-05-11 22:53
Des couleurs bien saturées qui mettent en valeur ces vieilles maisons colorées. On aurait envie de découvrir ce qu'il y a en haut de la petite rue.
Merci pour le partage et bon week-end.
emka (76255) 2012-05-11 22:53
Hi John, We had wonderful weather during a long weekend (it lasted nine days) and I see you also had a blue sky. The colours are awesome here. From all your Culross photos I like most this one. This narrow street is delightful. The tiny houses ion bright colours look like taken from the fairy tale. Have a great weekend
golus (2893) 2012-05-11 23:06
I'm reading a novel from George Orwell titled "The Road to Wigan Pier" nowadays. I'm totally enthrilled by the appalling working conditions of the miners back in 1930s. He also covers the hardship describing the aspects of daily life, food, housing and unemployment. That's why I got a strong empathy to your contribution. Viewing your picture and reading your notes with these in mind, I'm very impressed. A great contribution, thanks and best wishes,
MJR (3360) 2012-05-11 23:45
I have had to rewrite this - I have just put my glasses on ! What I was going to say these colours are scarcely credible. But for knowing you to be beyond such things I would have said they were - incredible. But my glasses have brought it all into focus, and controlled the blurring of the palette.
This is, now I see it properly, wonderful. Your trademark precision, composition, use of the road's perspective to pull us in, tehnical perfection, and of course your total integrity vis a vis colour - Beautiful.
And your note, marvellous. I thought you might have slipped 'scavaig around' Culross into your first sentence, but no.
You have put Culross firmly on my to do list, perfect for when I get to 'do' Fife. If you could tell when I can expect such brilliant weather, I will be on my way...
mohammad_H (9069) 2012-05-11 23:50
چشم نواز و زیبا از خانه های قدیمی
بکارگیری رنگهای گوناگون و جذاب وگرم
نگاه دوربین تا انتهای خیابان ودر پس زمینه اسمان ابی
وضوح بسیار خوب و مدیریت نور
Eye-catching and beautiful old houses
Using bright colors and attractive warm
Camera at the end of the street and sky-blue background
Very good sharpness and light management
jjcordier (75086) 2012-05-12 0:02
Très belle photo de cette très jolie rue et de ses maisons très colorées. Belle composition et superbe lumière.
Royaldevon (28337) 2012-05-12 0:47
Good Morning John,
Such beautiful sunshine and we have been suffering torrential downpours!
The lovely, warm coloured facades make this shot so welcoming and we have a real willingness to follow the tempting lane, as it curves mysteriously into the distance. I like the contrasting textures and wonder why they have had to cover such an ancient, characterful surface with tarmac!
Excellent, sharp details of altered doorways and first floor entrances complete this very pleasing shot.
Have a lovely w/e,
SnapRJW (30665) 2012-05-12 0:51
Hello John - A fascinating note to accompany a very attractive shot. Somehow the little painted cottages seem far removed from their humble origins so proudly they stand under a bright cloudless sky. This village looks to be full of charm and great photographic opportunities and here you present the charm perfectly well. I look forward to seeing more from this location! Warm regards rosemary
rbassin (17249) 2012-05-12 1:31
Une ruelle bien photographiée, on ressent bien la courbe marquée par les maisons et la route.
Les couleurs et l'architecture des maisons sont intéressantes
ourania (29309) 2012-05-12 1:35
a brilliant picture from and excellent point of view that enhances the superb depth and perspective provided by the rows of houses on both sides of the road. The upward view to the subtle curve, to the point that quite a few cuves meet, actually, reaching very close to the sky, offers an elegant dynamism and is delightful to follow. I love the rich bright colours of the left side and the sky contrasting superbly with the dull colours and the shadows of the right side and the road. Light management is masterful and the precise capture of textures enlivens the picture and reinforces our perception of the place. The bright colours and delightful atmosphere make an intriguing and challenging contrast with the history of this neighbourhood and town. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
brianmcc (6095) 2012-05-12 1:37
such a wonderful view of this qaint little street. your viewpoint looking up the street is wonderful taking in so much of the characteristic architecture. the clours of the houses are so well saturated and appealing to the viewer. the blue sky contrasts the buildings superbly. the image has a fantastic timeless quality to it with the absence of cars, street signs, tv aerials and the like.
timecapturer (47354) 2012-05-12 3:19
what a beautiful shot! The colours and light here are magnificent and so strong. Love the composition and the wonderful use of sun and shade to give depth and entice us into the image. Gorgeous textured walls and pin sharpness make this a real quality execution and presentation. Love it!
Have a splendid weekend - Brian.
dta (64874) 2012-05-12 6:38
Hello John ,
What a picturesque village ! The old houses are really charming , but what is the most striking is the red color of the walls and tills , and teh contrast with the perfect blue sky . The perspective and the framing are excellent , too .
holmertz (39427) 2012-05-12 7:43
This street makes me think of places much further south than Scotland. The colours and design of the houses on the left side of the street are just marvellous. With the blue sky, strong light and the curving street you have managed a very pleasing composition.
Seoonmie (97) 2012-05-12 8:53
What a wonderful village scene, John. As a photo it's very simple and pleasing and I just love the colours. Thank you for the interestign bg info, as well.
Glint (6165) 2012-05-12 10:46
stunning colours here! The combo of deep blue and terracota is always a winner.Nicely composed using the rule of thirds.I like the way thos e black shadows contrast with the bright, bright orange.The cobbles in fg invite the viewer to step onto the lane and take a walk up the street.
I think its time I did some exploring,
mmohan (744) 2012-05-12 10:50
I never knew there were such colours in Scotland! Great sharpness and classical composition. I can imagine getting a villager to pose in front of this scene-now that would make a superb portrait.
bayno (18342) 2012-05-12 11:28
This old village is really delicious, I like the colors of roofs and houses, you are getting a beautiful day with a light and a beautiful sky, I like the perspective created by you, is a little strange the total absence of people in the streets, but I am become accustomed to India and Italy where it is almost impossible to be alone, great shot and a large atmosphere of tranquility...top quality work...
have a lovely WE...
delpeoples (52897) 2012-05-12 15:58
What a quaint plac, but I take your point at how it would have been in the days when the coal mining was in full swing. It would have been a hard life for everyone concerned. Superb colours, nice choice of the POV and excellent contrasts. The square frame really suits the composition and the little road leads the eye in beautifully to the rest of the frame. Your note reminds me of one of our dear old family friends -he's 96 and an old coal miner from Kilmarnock, now living here in Australia. He was working in the coalmine when they still used to send canaries down to check if there were any gas leaks. A very interesting man to talk to.
Anyway, have a beautiful evening, are you on the pluge tonight?
agjika (3616) 2012-05-13 1:30
This is a wonderful record photo of this charming place. And where did you get that sky? It does't look put in! I kind of wish there was some life in this photo although you saw what you saw and you have rendered it perfectly.
annjackman (18949) 2012-05-13 7:16
How very clean and tidy and what a beautiful village. Where is everyone? The colours are almost Mediterranean and so is the sky. Perfect exposure and sharpness and a well thought out POV/composition.
Best wishes, Ann
williewhistler (13509) 2012-05-13 9:25
given the choice I would definitely have lived on the LH side of the street,it appears to be a much more colorful location with a lions share of the morning sun!
The buildings have a fascinating mix of building materials with granite walls and tiled roofs.
Whilst the FG is cobbled it looks as if the receding street has a differing surfaces,interesting.
I enjoy the colours and the note but I`m intrigued to know just what`s up those steps...
Best regards Les.
Silvio1953 (119497) 2012-05-13 11:10
Ciao John, great perspective on lovely village, superb blue sky, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jhm (137518) 2012-05-14 3:29
You shows us a fantastic lovely image, the narrow street and small houses with strong colors, but very pleasant for look at.
Composition and colors are perfect made.
Excellent perspective and depth picture. TFS.
Have a nice Monday,
RhodieIke (11512) 2012-05-16 0:49
Hi John, What a gorgeous wee corner of this super village, love the colours and the antiquity of the scene, well managed and presented, Cheers Iain.
Ps, You asked in one of my post about problems I have been having with my camera (I did reply), I think the sharpness has gone with age, also a course I went on in Greenwich with Paul Hames, he suggested a new lens and recommended the 50mm, as a cheaper option,so will try that.
bartekp (4746) 2012-05-16 9:16
Colorful composition with many details and shapes. I like it.
Have a nice evening
mkamionka (30068) 2012-05-17 6:07
the colors make the photo so much eye catching. Especially the combination of the orange with the blue. This type of uniformly blue sky is not too frequent in Scotland, I guess. So you have well used this opportunity. I like the perfectly straight perspective here and the asymmetric positioning of the street which produces some diagonal likes which please the eye.
The view is unspoiled with traces of civilisation so it seems it could have been taken in 16th century as well :)
Didi (56001) 2012-05-22 9:28
Interesting side perspective in curve under nice lights.Very good sharp picture.
JFS (32459) 2012-05-25 0:25
I missed this beautiful shot! Unusual and charming arquitecture that contrast with the white houses in front. My compliments for the excellent management of the light.
m00n (2259) 2012-05-28 5:04
Hello John I like the clean lines and the simplicity of architecture!
A fine point of view and the subject is well framed by the street , rich colours and fine details!
The angle that you have used in this setting is perfect for this photo of the perspective and its simple architecture. I like colors of fronts they are very positive, happy.
Good exposure and sharpness in this nice composition.
Noel_Byrne (22691) 2013-06-09 8:08
As you say in your note, it is so hard to picture this as a place of toil and labour, but I suppose many of these kinds of places have seen such (as todays beautiful cathedrals have seen their share of bloodshed and decay), but its great that the Trust is keeping them in this pristine condition. Another perfect blue sky to show off the interesting paintwork too, and the street brings fantastic depth.
I really want to go here :)
All the best
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (19728)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-11 16:22