Took a drive out to a place called Pineham which is around the Whitfield and Dover area of Kent. I had driven down earlier in the week to find out where the location was and parking , stuff like that so i had a good idea of what to expect. What i did not expect was just how difficult it would be to get a good well balanced composition, it proved really tricky.Read More
I have really been struggling with a slump in my photography, i had no enthusiasm to get out and found it a real struggle. Tonight i decided i had to get out and shoot, i gathered all my gear, jumped in the car and headed out to capture Sunset at Margate, Kent.
I parked a few streets away and walked down to the seafront and thus avoided any car parking chargesRead More
Went down to Botany Bay in Broadstairs to try and photograph the sunset, sadly it was not great. Got a couple of images and even got the Mavic Air up. Here is a short Video showing my evening , please feel free to share and lie and subscribe to my youtube channel , thanks
Decided to head over to Margate last night to capture the sunset from the steps along Margate seafront. Caught the train over from Ramsgate with my wife and we headed out to the seafront. When we arrived the main road had all been closed off with several police cars stopping traffic at the roundabout. While the Kent Air Ambulance landed on the roundabout.Read More
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 trip down to the seafront last night and tried to recreate a shot i had previously taken during sunset. The problem with the original shot was that there was no detail in the shadow areas along the seafront and the harbour arm. The original shot was taken with a single exposure shot in RAW and processed in lightroom and photoshop.Read More
ts been a while since i last posted , i have a fair bit going on with trying to purchase a house, sort out a holiday and seek quotes for work to be done at home and given the fact is been a long few winter months i have not been out much with the camera. However yesterday i decided i would go up town and visit London. I did not have much of a plan just a couple of ideas of places i wanted to go. One of which is Leadenhall Market as i have seen images from other photographers and thought it looked a great place and as i had not been before i wanted to have a look for myself. I did discover that trying to photograph this place at lunchtime during the week was not easy as it was a very popular place for all the City Workers to come for lunch.
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After the last few evenings of sitting at home and seeing a great looking sunset i decided to head off out to capture it last night. You guessed it cloud base was very low and spoiled the sunset! Still i had not been to Botany Bay for a while so i still enjoyed the walk along the beach and taking some images while i was there.
The image above was the very last set of images i took on the way back to the car. I took a series of images exposing for the sky, the foreground and the chalk stacks. I selected two images that had the best range and digitally blended them in photoshop using luminosity masks. I was fairly pleased with the final result although i not sure of the composition.Read More
Took a trip over to Margate last night as i had a family member displaying his work at a gallery in Margate, not the Turner but the Margate Pie Factory . His work forms part of the East Kent College Art , Media and Photography Exhibition. Its a great little gallery and if you get the chance its well worth a visit to look at the work of future local artists. All their work on display is for sale so you could purchase a piece that has some real value in years to come.
After the Exhibit had finished i made my way back to the harbour area where i had parked my car, grabbed my gear and walked along the harbour area at Margate waiting for the sun to set. Turns out it was not the best sunset !Read More
Took a drive out to Reculver tonight to see the sunset and to take some images, what i should have taken was a pair of wellies ! I like the fact that the car park there is free after 18:00 hrs , this time of year its perfect for us photographers to get there in plenty of time for sunset. I made my way up the slope past the towers and down the other side where i made my way down onto the beach. I made my way along the top of the shingle and could see some water coming from somewhere, so i made my way down to investigate. I have never noticed this water outlet before , situated at one end of one of the rock water breaker. Before i knew it , i was walking or wading through small pools of sandy water and my jeans were getting soaked.
When i was getting ready to leave i bumped into another couple of photographers who were a little more prepared than i as they had wellington boots on !! Oh by the way if that was you, Sorry, i was not ignoring you i just had my ear phones in so couldn't hear you !!
For this image i think it was a three stop solid ND filter i used , just to help smooth out the water slightly not the greatest sunset but i just had to get my gear out, not been out for a while so it was good to get out this evening.
Well back at home after a great week away in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca. Shared our week with my old mate Paul Addison and a new mate Maria. We had some great laughs and a certain amount of alcohol may have been consumed really sent me CoCo - Loco !
Lucky for me i have another week to get over it but everyone else will be back to work by tomorrow. I will endeavor to keep the holiday spirit alive for you all, that's just the kind of mate i am !
The image above was taken with my point and shoot Panasonic Lumix TZ-10, as i didn't want to lug around my great big slr. However its times like this you really wish you had!
Tonight i decided i wanted to get out with the picture box for two reasons, firstly i hadn't been out for a while and secondly over the last few months i had been purchasing some of the Lowepro S & F range of products. I went out and headed down to Reculver as i thought it would be fairly quiet and i could get a feel for the new gear and take a few shots of the sunset while i was there. I parked in the car park, which is free after 18:00 hrs, Thanet council please take note ! I put on my Lowepro S&F vest with a light utility belt attached and several different pouches for lenses and filters etc.
I headed of out of the car park and towards the towers, in the distance i could see one or two other photographers. As i got closer and could see that the tide was out, on the beach i could see a mass of about twenty photographers. I started to feel very conscious of what i was wearing !
After i got over this very brief initial feeling i started to set up for my shot, and with all my gear easy to hand i was ready in no time. I have to say that the Lowepro S & F range performed very well. My lenses were all in separate pouches easily accessible. my filters were in a pouch attached to my Lowepro Vest , which was easy to reach and grab the filter rings holder and the correct filter with ease. The product are made to the usual high standards you expect from Lowepro.
This post is not intended on being a product review but i would go so far as to say if like me you don't need to carry all your gear all the time but you want the basic kit to be easily accessible and not in the bottom of a backpack or a trolley bag then i suggest you at least have a look at this range. You can buy the bits you need and add to it over time. Out of the two belts available my personal favourite is the light utility belt this can be worn on its own or with the optional vest. As you acquire more pouches attached to the belt the additional weight may make you decide on the vest as this helps to spread the weight evenly and is very comfortable. I purchased one and so far have been very glad i did
Last night decided to go out again with Lee Crosbie for some more strobist work. The weather all day long had been really nice bright and sunny although a little breezy. In the absence of a better subject we decided to try a car shot ,my RX 8. Drove down to Joss Bay in Broadstairs area and set up. I parked my car on the grass which is used as a overspill car park , so as the North Foreland lighthouse was in the background.
As the light was still fairly strong trying to get the background dark enough took us into high speed sync territory for a while but the sky was still lacking any atmosphere or drama. We had initially set up just two bare speedlites but this wasn't giving us a even spread of light so we set up a third , one on the front of the car the second to the rear and the third in the middle , later we added a forth inside the car with a blue gel attached.
The speedlites really do show up every little defect in the body work , even the swirls in the paintwork are made to look even worse than they usually appear. Gave me a real sense of appreciation to the many professional car photographers out there that have this down to a fine art.
I would have liked to try a couple of other things like attaching a soft box to the speedlites and or umbrellas to see if that softened the light and cut down the secular highlights, but due to the windy conditions we decided against this and left it for another day. The other option would have been to light paint it with one speedlites but as it doesn't get dark till late this time of year gave that idea a miss also as I was at work on early turn this morning !
I like the shot of the car face on , just looks like Lightening McQueen from the Disney movie Cars. I think the RX-8 would have been the better model to go with personally.
While we were there we were being watched by someone sitting in their car who eventually came over and introduced himself to Lee Crosbie as he was one of his Flickr contacts, Del Smith, but had never actually met till now. Small world really !
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As I am sadly working this Monday, when the Isle of Thanet Photographic Society meet, I decided to go to Tankerton a couple of days early. I have never been before and as its only a short walk from Whitstable I cant imagine why as I have been to Whitstable a few times. This is probably the best set up of beach huts I have seen in the south east. They are in about three rows and positioned on a bank so the one behind are higher than those in front. Some have been well maintained but others have been neglected, but from a photographic stand point this just adds to the interest.
This is from Wikipedia.....
A suburb of Whitstable in south-east England, Tankerton was a commercial development by the Tankerton Estate Company in the late 19th century, and was designed with a grid of streets leading from the shoreline. It used to be known as Tankerton-on-Sea.
Seaview Caravan Holiday Park adjoins Tankerton, and formerly also contained a large number of chalets, as well as static caravans and camping. It is one of the largest holiday parks on the North Kent coast
I took a number of images from here so hope to publish more as I process them so please check here or flickr for further images. Like me if you have never visited I would suggest you take a trip down here one evening as its a ideal sunset location. Although for me tonight this was a little bit of a non event, however I do plan to return to this location in the future. If you have been before or if you have some other great locations you know of in the south east then please leave a comment, thanks.
Ok I have some more images so here they are....
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Was out and about with members of the Isle of Thanet Photography Association this evening and we went out to Sandwich in Kent. Walked around the many old narrow streets and got a few shots, hope to post some as and when I process them but for now , bed is calling !! Here are some other images from the same evening out
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