Cobblestone

Not the easiest of shots, the wind was gusting over 30mph right to left and the incoming wash traveled the whole distance of these cobbles with each wave.


Cobblestone

Ive tried to shoot this location at Langney Point in Eastbourne on the UK's south coast a few times, it need the right combination of tide and a rough sea, but not to the extent that I risked being swept away, or that the camera shook too much in the wind, Saturdays conditions were quite favourable. 

Another from that day! 

Behind the scenes. 

And for those who are interested , here's a little behind the scenes shot. 

Face in the rock.

It wasn't until after I'd set up the tripod & filters that I noticed this face - concentrating too much on fitting the scene in to a 2:1 crop, and having the shoreline enter from the bottom left corner.Composition is important but you can miss the little things.

Look in to my crystal ball !

Recently it's not been great for any long exposure work, a bit too bright with featureless sky's, so I've been popping a 4" crystal ball I picked up on Ebay in my bag and experimenting with it, using my 50mm f1.4 to loose the background and getting in close to capture the main body of image within the crystal (which it turns out is surprisingly sharp).

The photo's below are a single image, however I've taken the area in the image seen through the crystal and flipped it on it's head which seems to work better and the overall effect was more like what I wanted to achieve, rather than leaving you looking at a blurred background and upside down focal point.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Dungeness

Dungeness situated on Kent’s south coast in the south of England is well worth a visit, dominated by its two nuclear power plants the area is home to a wealth of photo subjects. I’ve been there several times and this is a selection of what I came away with from Saturdays little treck.

The set up!

The sound mirrors where built around 1930 these were the predecessors before radar designed to pick up the sound of enemy aircraft from over the English Channel and were purposely placed in remote areas to cut down on external noise.

Incoming Storm

I popped along to Newhaven on the UK's south coast this afternoon and for once timed it right as a storm was coming over from France, the light was great.

Below are both piers shot from the harbour wall.
5mins, f11, ISO 100, 70mm.BW110 ND

West Pier

Taken the other day during a shoot in Brighton on the UK's south coast, the remains of the old pier lends itself so well to long exposure's...... Well it would be rude not to photograph her.

Asteraceae

The great British weather appears to have reverted to what us limey’s have become accustom to as our summer.

So rather than jumping in the car and driving miles in the hope of capturing something fulfilling with the camera I decided to venture into the garden, grab a handful of flowers (which according to Google are Asteraceae), set up a single strobe and a dark backdrop, and shoot some still life.

I must say I’m pleased with what I got and can see this becoming the start of a series of flower studies, (too girlie?)

Balcombe Viaduct

 

I've been meaning to scout out this location for a while, so this afternoon I took a trip to Balcombe Viaduct.

This is by no means this end product, summer and featureless sky’s rarely make for an interesting LE shot, but I do believe this place has potential and shall be re-visiting when light and sky give me something a little more dynamic.

If you want to know more about this place here's the link for Balcombe Viaduct and to get there heres the Map Location.

 

Glyndebourne Windfarm

Another shot, different angle on the wind turbine up at Glynde in Sussex, UK.
No frills just a pleasant little mono photo, it's nice to find a turbine that has such easy access, most of them being fenced off , it's not like your going to chopped up by the blades in an Indiana Jones styli is it!
I did get some nice le shots with great cloud movrment, but a 2 minute exposure and the turbine fully working just looks like a stick in field, I'll be back when it's stationary.
(For an idea of scale there's two little people standing at the base if look carefully).

Two Mills Together But Separated By Over 270 Years

I took a trip out to Glynde in Sussex, UK this weekend to shoot Glyndebourne Opera’s Enercon wind turbine.

Commissioned on 3rd December 2011 and officially opened by no less than sir David Attenborough on January 20th 2012, at a height of 70M overall with a rotor diameter of 52M and tower some 44M high, it dwarfs the old mill remains in the same field.

Glyndebourne hopes this will deliver up to 90% of their annual electricity requirements thus reducing their carbon footprint, I just think it makes a good photo.

The structure in the foreground is the centre post of the old Ringmer windmill that stood here in Mill Plain from 1740, it remained in working use until 1921. Four years later it collapsed with only the trestle timbers still standing until in 1964 when they to where blown down by a storm. In 1968 the centre post was re-erected.

For more info here’s a link:http://glyndebourne.com/our-wind-turbine-0

Outcrop

The second shot from my little trip to Bexhill on the weekend.

 

If you want to view the full size image it's posted in the "Water" gallery on the Portfolio page, here on the website.

Placed

Following on with my current obsession with rocks, water & sky's , I re-visited this location over the weekend and finally timed the tides right.
I've another shot from here that I'll post later - more rock's n water baby oh yeah!