This has been a really hot summer in the U.K. I can never remember a summer like this. Sure, in childhood, summers always seemed warmer. I look back on summers spent outside, but that’s maybe my memory tricking me, forgetting all the days spent indoors, drawing, painting, reading... while it rained and rained. Because in adulthood, well, you expect rainy summers living here. You dress for impending rain. But this summer, we had weeks of sunshine, and low rivers and parched grass. And we had sunsets. Oh did we have sunsets...

My favourite, back on July 6, if there’s such a thing as a favourite sunset, was when we packed a picnic and headed down the coast to the John Muir Country Park just outside Dunbar. We sat on a log washed up on the beach, watching as the sun set over the bay, trying to soak in every second of that moment, knowing that the promise of moments like this are what keep you going through dark and dare I say bleak winter days. Because the lack of light is the hardest thing of all. Every winter, it’s a struggle. I live for light moments, outdoors, in nature.

And many of those light moments have been at the moodier end of the spectrum, the last light just before darkness falls. Or when light suddenly streams through the clouds, glowing and ethereal.

Yes, these are the moments of July, the skies of July, the memories of this summer, that I will carry forward. Like this, on our local beach. I spotted these people taking photos and ran down to capture them as the sun was setting over the hills of Fife.

And this, July 6, in two parts...

May these light moments hold tight in our minds as we edge into autumn.

#chasinglight #stelleruk

Shot on iPhone

  • copperline

    Thank you @Steller @jordanfoy 🌅 I’m happy to see autumn but really not looking forward to those winter days ahead... will be revisiting this story in November!

  • jordanfoy

    I’m not happy to see autumn! I hate every other season apart from Summer 😂

  • copperline

    Oh noooooo @jordanfoy Okay, I *love* summer light, and yeah, it’s nice to not be cold all the time, but sunshine is tough on super-sensitive skin and I end up looking for shade or staying indoors! This summer has been one long skin challenge! 🤦🏻‍♀️ And the lads overheat so quickly, so it’s also been one long “keep that lads cool” challenge! Never happy, right? 😅

  • rg117

    Beautiful moments captured masterfully!!!

  • mombo

    i was going to ask what kind of camera were you using.... amazing to get these on an iphone

  • copperline

    Hi @mombo 👋🏻 yeah, the 7 Plus! I was wanting (longing... lusting... you get the picture...) for the X but then we moved and suddenly it was all about house renovation bills and my need/desire for the X was, ehm, pushed down the priority list ... 😅 So yes, all iPhone - and Lightroom!

  • copperline

    A ps on that, ‘cause I’m not into really manipulated images @mombo - all pretty light editing in Lightroom. Obviously you can do a lot with it, but I always try to keep it looking as natural as possible. The iPhone can be a bit heavy on shadow so I address. And while a couple of these shots look *really* edited, the sky really was THAT crazy. 😳

  • copperline

    Thank you so much @rg117 It was good to look back on these. I never shot so many sunsets. I know it can be a cliché but I honestly don’t worry about that - because there’s something so beautiful about these moments, and I can’t help but be drawn to them ... ✨

  • mombo

    @copperline well it looks like the iPhone 7 serves u well.

  • Tinalouise

    That front page though 😍😍😍😍

  • Tinalouise

    Every page though 😮🔟🔟🔟🔟🔟

  • copperline

    @mombo 🙏🏻✨

  • copperline

    @Tinalouise Crazy beautiful skies right?! I’ve never seen as many jaw dropping sunsets - just down the coast. Thanks for the share! 🙏🏻✨

  • CarpentersWife

    Such beautiful pictures! It was a wonderful summer wasn’t it! X

  • copperline

    It really was @CarpentersWife ✨ I’m ready for a change of season now - I’m so relieved to lose the heat, but I don’t want to lose all he beautiful light and these long, long evenings... it’s been amazing! X

  • leehorbachewski

    Absolutely gorgeous. Our family is planning a trip to London next year. When I think of the UK, I definitely don’t have these images in mind. Thank you for sharing.

  • copperline

    Ahhh that is so lovely to hear @leehorbachewski ☺️ - it’s good to have captured something a little unexpected! Although London will be very different! Many of my photos are from walks in East Lothian, on the east coast of Scotland, so more wide open spaces - which I love!

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