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
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
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
The above image of the waterfall on Madeira Walk Ramsgate, was taken on a tripod as the exposure time was 120 seconds at Iso 100 F/8.0. I had a Circular Polariser on with a Lee 0.9 soft grad filter and a Lee 10 stop big stopper. This is what created the movement in the clods and the soft falling water.Read More
Have not been out for ages with the camera due to on going home improvements . Tonight i decided i had had enough of decorating and headed out with the camera. I headed over to Margate to try and capture the sunset. Well the sun obviously set but not that it was seen by anyone, the cloud just rolled in at the last minute and completely blocked it. I continued walking along Margate seafront from the Turner Contemporary to the train station. I found an island in the middle of the road that i thought might make a good location to shoot from looking down along the seafront.
There was nothing happening with the sky at all so i decided to do a long exposure to blur out the traffic and create some light trails. I set up my camera on a tripod and composed the shot. I used a Lee Big Stopper , a 10 stop ND filter. This gave me a exposure of 80 seconds at iso 100 F 8/.0 The image was processed using a single RAW file in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop.
Dreamlands new sign, which i think is based on the original, really does dominate the seafront , lets hope they make a real success of their venture and help attract much needed tourists to the area.
Its been a while since i managed to get some time for photography, been very busy after buying a house and now putting in a new Kitchen, but today i reached a point in the kitchen where i cant do anymore until the worktops go in so i headed off down to Ramsgate Harbour to see this years Christmas light display. I have tried to photograph this the last couple of years but always struggled to get decent weather and a calm sea but this year was better conditions than previous attempts.Read More
Have not been very active with the camera lately but decided to head down to the Royal Harbour area after work today as the weather was still very nice.
Grabbed my camera and a circular polariser filter. This really helps cut down on reflections and really makes the colours pop.
When the sun is shinning its a great place to relax in one of the many cafes and bars along the harbour and enjoy a refreshing drink, which is exactly what i did.
Read more about our day out and see more of my images from the day, don't forget to like and if you click on a image it will open in a bigger version. Please feel free to share the link,like and commentRead More
This morning was a busy time as my wife and i removed all the Christmas decorations and packed them away for another year. The weather was cold and miserable and remained foggy all day.
Come the late afternoon i decided i would go out with the camera down to the harbour for two reasons. Firstly i thought that the fog would add atmosphere to the illuminated harbour area and secondly and perhaps my main motivation was to try out my Christmas present from my wife. This was a new light weight carbon fiber travel tripod.
I had spent weeks researching which tripod to go for from the manfrotto, gitso and three legged thing but i decided on one made by Benro. The C2682T is a great tripod and i am very pleased i decided on this model. I took it out tonight and looped it onto the straps of my backpack and hardly noticed it was there. This is already a major plus when compared to my Manfrotto 055xprob, which is also a great tripod but extremely heavy to lug around on location all day.
The Benro C2682T is a eight core carbon fiber construction which makes it very strong and light. This is not a review of the product but if you are seriously looking for a good, well priced travel tripod i would highly recommend you have a look at it before making a decision.
This shot of the Harbour at Ramsgate was taken at Iso 100 F/14 for a 8 second exposure time to get some light trails in the image and smooth out the water.
I had several people come and talk to me while i was out taking shots, it still never ceases to amaze me how the fact you have a camera makes you more approachable by total strangers, not that this is a bad thing and i am happy to chat to those that approach me.