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
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.
Took a drive down to Botany Bay in Broadstairs tonight to try and capture a sunset. The last few nights seem to have been really nice so i grabbed my gear and jumped in the car. Well first off should have checked the tide times as the tide was coming in fairly quick, so the idea of a sunset with the chalk stack in the foreground was a little out of the question as i would need to be a fair way out to sea buy now and i was only wearing trainers ! Luckily i had arrived a little early so i had time to try a few compositions to try and find the right spot.
I managed to find a location between the stack and the cliff with the tide coming in and the sun setting in the background. Sadly it was not the sunset i hoped for but i tried to make the best of a bad situation and at least get a nice image.
I used a Kood 0.9 nd filter along with a Lee soft grad on the sky. My exposure was Iso 50 at F/14 for 2.5 seconds , this gave me some nice movement on the incoming tide and a nice reflection on the sand as the waves went back, luckily there was a nice little rock for some foreground interest which helped to balance the composition
Took a quick drive down to Broadstairs this afternoon to do some long exposure photography of the Bay. I usually convert my long exposure to black and white but for some reason i prefered this in colour.
Not to disappointed how this turned out but would have liked some more movement in the sky, maybe time for the Lee Super Stopper, a 15 stop nd filter !
This was taken with my Canon 5D mkiii the Canon 24 - 105 F/4.0 is L usm at 24mm F/16 iso 100 for a 20 sec exposure time
Took this image of MI6, The Secret Intelligence Service building, London,England ,on a recent trip to Tate Britain, which is literally two min walk away. I took my mini tabletop tripod and some filters as i knew i wanted to shoot this location while i was here. The sky on the day was less than interesting and was pretty overcast in general. I took this with the Lee Big Stopper on a twenty second exposure just to smooth out the water really.
Some editind done in lightroom, photoshop and the Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Would like to go back a photograph this at sunset , with all the lights on and St George Wharf all illuminated, so will return at some point.
Took a trip out to Kearsney Abbey today, when i left home the weather was clearing and essentially not raining, by the time i arrived at Dover it was pouring down again. Sat in the car for a while while to see if the weather would ease, it did but never actually stopped raining ! I decided i had come this far so got out the car got my gear out and headed down towards Kearsney Abbey Waterfall.
As i made my way down to the lake area i noticed how empty the park was , there were only a couple of dog walkers that i could see. I followed the path to stay on solid ground as long as i could but eventually the path ended and i had to cross a small grass area towards the lake. The moment i stepped onto the grass i found myself sinking into the ground, it was that soaked. The lake was almost up to ground level and as a result the water was moving very quickly over the fall..
Got my camera set up on the tripod and attached a circular polarising filter. Set my composition and adjusted the filter, i then set my exposure and took the shot. The water was moving very fast so only needed a relatively short shutter speed to achieve this effect, this on was 1.6 seconds helped by a very small aperture of F/22.
Editing was done in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC
Made some contrast adjustments with onones photo effects 8 dynamic contrast filter and applied a tilt shift blur in Photoshop CC blur gallery.
Been wanting to get this shot for a while now and today i decided was going to be the day i went to try and find the location. I have seen various images taken from this location from some of my online FLickR friends including Glenn Driver, who was kind enough to advise me on the nearest station to it, which is East India on the Docklands Light Railway.
My day started off departing Ramsgate on the High Speed train to London St Pancras from there i went over to Camden Town. This for me was a first and is the most culturally diverse place i think i have ever been. The high street has some amazing shop fronts and of course is the host of the world famous Camden Market where the smells from around the world just completely envelope you.
Think i will have to return to Camden Town for a day out and sample some of the food and partake in some of the many beverage establishments around this very interesting part of London.
From here i departed and made my way on the London Underground to Bank station and had a walk around the heart of the financial city, passing The Royal Exchange, The Gherkin and Lloyd s of London.
From here i made my way down towards Tower Bridge where i took a couple of shots had a bit of a rest along the Thames and watched the world go by me before i made my way to Tower Gateway where i got a train to East India on the Docklands Light Railway.
It was now just a matter of finding this location i wanted to shoot from. I new that Barclays was to the right of One Canada Square and Citi was to the left. It was just a matter of following the road until i came across the exact location i was looking for, a small area of private properties beside this great location. The only thing was i arrived a little early and once i had done a few test shots for composition etc i had best part of a hour to kill before sunset !
However i think it was certainly worth the wait.