Make beautiful black and white photography at Bowling's derelict harbour

Only a short journey from Glasgow (the train stops right at the entrance!), Bowling's crumbling harbour is a great little location for any one who like to likes to photograph all the things ramshackle.  Sunken boats sit moored in the harbour, only fully revealed at low tide.  They can make for some truly atmospheric images.  Be careful though, the harbour wall is in very poor condition and is a hazardous walk.

Looking back from the harbour wall: 1/320, f11, ISO 100 @ 35mm

Looking back from the harbour wall: 1/320, f11, ISO 100 @ 35mm

Aside from the many wrecks in the old harbour there is also the wooden pier.  As you can see from my image above the pier is a complete state of disrepair.  Old trees, tyres and other debris can be found stuck underneath, and it is not possible (nor advisable) to walk on the pier.  To be honest the structure looks like it could fall at any moment.  You have been warned.

The old pier: 1/250, f11, ISO 100 @ 18mm

The old pier: 1/250, f11, ISO 100 @ 18mm

The harbour is best visited at low tide.  You will be able to access more of the area and some wrecks are not visible when the water is at its highest anyway.  Obviously the ground can be very slippy underfoot so decent walking books are advisable.

What do you think?  Have you ever visited Bowling?  Do you have any locations you think I should visit?  Leave a comment below.

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