Took a trip out to Folkestone in Kent today , down to The Warren. Sadly it was a last minute decision and the tide was the highest i had ever seen. This was a problem as my intention was to get some long exposure shots of the old groynes, not possible as these were under water when i arrived.Read More
Took a drive out to Scotney Castle today , the weather was dull and overcast and rain was forecast but in a bid not to be beaten decided to still make the effort. The location is a little out the way with no real good way to get here from the Kent coast. The roads through Maidstone and Goudhurst were a little winding at times but we made it in about an hour and forty mins. I packed my tripod in the hope of getting a long exposure , not sure if i would be stopped by the tripod police but i am happy to report nobody mentioned it at all.
After we arrived we were directed to the car park and into the ticket hall where we were relieved of large sums of money in exchange for a paper ticket, not even golden !Read More
Well spring is upon us so yesterday we headed off for a visit to Leeds Castle in Maidstone Kent. Nice easy journey to Maidstone only taking around forty five minutes to get there. The weather was a little disappointing being heavy cloud , but at least it was dry. I had packed my camera and tripod in the hope of getting a long exposure of the castle with some nice movement in the clouds, sadly it never turned out that way due to the heavy cloud, so you have to adapt. After looking around the grounds and stopping for several cups of tea i headed down to the Lake to try and find a good composition. This is a little tricky trying to get the whole castle and wall in the shot , the only place i could find was the image above but even this has a little bit of the bank in shot due to the wide angle i was shooting. Now i could have cloned this out but i decided to keep it in, personally i dont find it to distracting.Read More
Today i went a photographed this statue in Margate by an artist called Antony Gormley. This is from a series of 100 statues made from cast iron that have been placed in various locations all around the world and titled Another Time.
More information about this sculpture and the series can be found on the Turner Galleries Website .Read More
Today the so called Beast From The East arrived in thanet, it was a little disappointing or not depending on your point of view. It was more a dusting from Dusseldorf.
I had already packed my camera bag in preparation so i decided i would head out to see what i could find to shoot. I first headed down to Ramsgate WestcliffRead More
Not been up town for a while and with Christmas a distant memory , i decided to go to Queens House in Greenwich. It is home to the Tulip Staircase . A very well photographed staircase i have seen many times over the years but never got to do it myself, till now.
I left Ramsgate on the Highspeed Train to Stratford International where i got the DLR from Stratford to Canary Wharf and from there to Greenwich. I walked approximately 15 mins to Queens House. It may be quicker to get of at Cutty Sark and walk from there but will try that next time.Read More
Took a wonder down to the harbour tonight to try and photograph the Christmas light display . I have been the last couple of years and as yet i still cant find a composition i am happy with. Also trying to balance shutter speed and iso is a little tricky, push the shutter speed to much and the movement of the boats causes motion blur to higher ISO and the image is grainy.Read More
Day 7, and our final day of our week in Exmoor , we set off for Woolacombe Bay , i had seen the name before but could not think where from. After a short drive we arrived and found the main car park along the bay. You entered the car park and only paid on leaving, there were no pay and display machines at all and at this point i could not see how you paid when leaving. Turns out when you leave a man is at the barrier and gives you a price based on how long you have stayed with a £5 charge for 3 hours and over. I have no idea how they can tell how long you have stayed and neither did i get a ticket or receipt , not open to abuse at all !Read More
Day 6 of our Exmoor trip we went to a place called Heddons Mouth, its where the river Heddon flows into the sea, its a sight i rarely see. This is a gentle walk and can be seen here on the National Trust Website. We stayed on the right of the river and crossed over a little later than shown on the map , and again there are plenty of other routes that you can go if you are feeling more energetic.Read More
Day Five of our trip to Exmoor took us to Horner Woods in the morning. This was a relatively short drive, we parked in the car park and headed off into the woods. There are plenty of opportunities to go off the default red trail and extend your walk, we however stuck to the shorter path due to wanting a more relaxing day after yesterdays coastal walk. Its a nice walk around the forest with the river and a few nice looking bridges to photograph along the way. We had the fortune of walking along the path when we could hear a noise in the distance getting louder, all of a sudden on the path ahead we could see eleven Exmoor Ponies trotting towards us on the path. Was really nice to see them in their natural environment, we moved off the path to allow them a choice of route and watched as the trotted on past us and up a steeper path. The walk took a few hours as we were slow and stopping every now and again to photograph a scene or just admire the views.Read More
Day 4 of our Exmoor trip took us along the coastal path from Lynton to the Valley of the Rocks and along to Wringcliff beach via a steep path. Great walk along the cliff side with the valley of the rocks to look forward to, well worth a visit if you are ever in North Devon.Read More
Day three of our trip took us to the rugged seaside town of Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast. Took us a little under an hour to drive here. Got to the car park and the weather was not kind to us. It pretty much rained all day on and off which made getting any usable images a little tricky. The above image is a five shot panorama i took of part of the coastline of Ilfracombe.Read More
On the second day of our week on Exmoor we drove the ten minutes down to Lynmouth. Its a small seaside town with a few shops and cafes etc. The village sits between the West and East Lyn Rivers , which converge as seen in the above image and flow into the sea.It takes a new path to the sea now after a devastating flood in 1952. You can watch about this from this footage from the BBC archivesRead More
Just got back from a week away in Exmoor. We stayed at Weir Bungalow in the small village of Brendon , ten minutes drive away from the towns of Lynton on Lynmouth. What a beautiful place, with a real rugged coastline and the green lush mooreland in stark contrast in one scene. We has a rough idea of areas we wanted to visit but no hard plans. We managed to visit Brendon, Lynton, Lynmouth, Porlock weir, Watersmeet, Valley of the Rocks, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe bay, Heddon's Mouth, Wringcliff Beach and Horner Woods to name a few places we managed to get to. As we stayed in the UK i always like to try and take all my gear with me so i can take what i need as i think i will need it. I have it all in a Pelican Case and use a Lowepro flipside 400 as a day pack. Although i also use a 35litre Lowe Alpine backpack which i found to be more comfortable to wear with the weight of the gear. I am not getting any younger so need all the help i can get.Read More
This year we decided to go somewhere different, we stayed in a little town called Lapad In Dubrovnik Croatia. We stayed at the Hotel Kompas a Four Star Plus hotel right on the beach. I say beach but it was all pebbles. Lapad is relatively quiet resort but it is still in its infancy as far as tourism is concerned, there are many hotels still being built. These hotels are high end four and five star hotels with high quality fixtures and fittings. Dubrovnik Old Town is a short bus ride away some ten to fifteen minutes away and is probably the busiest City i have ever been to. Its popularity has been boosted by the hit HBO series Game of Thrones as much of it was filmed in Dubrovnik as well as a little island , Locrum just off the coast of Dubrovnik.Read More
Today we did the City Wall walk of Dubrovnik Old Town. Tickets are 150 Kuna and include the City walls and entry to the fort the other side of Kings Landing . The walk of the walls probably took around two to two and a half hours , we got here fairly early on a cloudy morning which was perfect as we neared the end the sun was at its highest and the temperature rose quickly.
The cloudy start made for some atmospheric images again can't wait to edit the Dslr files.
Arrived safe and well in Croatia and today was our first full day and headed straight down to the old town as my wife was dying to see kings landing , what a place. Timed it right as we got off the bus we headed straight down to it. There were hardly anyone around so took advantage of getting some images before the tours arrived.
will post more as and when I can , look forward to editing Dslr files
A little late but i took i trip up to London with my wife , on Sunday . Decided to go to Canary Wharf area first as she had not been and then made our way to Bank and stopped off at Leadenhall Market past Lloyds of London and down towards Tower Bridge. From here we made our way along and over Tower Bridge to City Hall. Past PWC building and back towards London Bridge where we got a train back home. Nice walk around
Here are a few of the images i managed to capture along the way............Read More
As i was getting up i must have disturbed my wife , who quickly decided to join me, so we both got up and sorted out, quick coffee before loading the car for a short drive to Viking Bay Broadstairs.
When we arrived it quickly became apparent that there was a lot of cloud and we were going to be extremely lucky to get a good sunrise. With that in mind i decided i was going for a longish exposure to blur the incoming waves. I Found a composition i liked and set about taking images and trying to time it right with the waves on the retreat to get the white trails as it retreats back.
The above image was at ISO 100 F/22 for 13 seconds. I tweaked the white balance to get a softer feel to the image.
I took a few images at this spot and processed them all slightly different to see what a difference processing makes to a image and converted one to black and white. Not the best sunrise but still a nice thing to do, just not to often !Read More
Took a trip over to Margate tonight to try and capture the sunset, this turned out to be a bit of a non event really due to a large bank of cloud which blocked the setting sun. So i decided to stroll along to the newly re opened Dreamland Amusement Park . I wanted to capture the new signs on the building along with some light trails to mimic the neon signs around the building. I first tried the Lee Big Stopper a Ten Stop ND filter but this was giving me a two minute exposure time, this was a little to long and just seemed to burn the light trails out. I then turned to my Kood 0.9 3 Stop neutral density filter which gave me this 8 second exposure at ISO 100 F/16.
Love the new look Dreamland, very retro ! I am pleased they have done away with the entry fee and gone back to the free entry and pay per ride or purchase wristband, this was as it was when i was a kid. Sure this will help increase their visitor numbers.
They are also making great improvements all the time including now putting on live bands. I wish them every success in the future , it can only be good for Margate and the wider Thanet area.