Monday, July 10, 2017

Normans Bay

Normans Bay, East Sussex, oddly has nothing to do with where the Normans landed during their invasion of England in 1066. Although the actual spot is still disputed by historians it is clear that it wasn't here as the location was underwater at the time.

It is, however, a peaceful and remote spot that can be tricky to find, since everywhere you go is signposted 'Private This', or 'Private That'. Whether or not that is the case it is probably enough to discourage all but the most determined casual visitor.

24-70mm AF-S Nikkor.

Top: The beach. 1/2000 second at f/3.2. Matrix metering. - 0.67 EV compensation. Polarising filter. ISO 320
Below: Martell Tower detail. 1/400 second at f/5.6. Matrix metering. - 0.67 EV compensation. Polarising filter. ISO 250

© 2017

Friday, July 07, 2017

Always something new

The first time visitor may see nothing but desolation at first glance, but Dungeness never fails to produce something worthwhile for the photographer who is prepared to put in the leg work.

The top image shows the remains of the burnt-out hull of a fishing boat, although quite how that came to be isn't all that obvious. The beach is littered with such vessels; some are working boats, others derelict, but its distance from the waterline suggests it didn't happen at sea.

The second image reminded of trees in an impressionist landscape, having been sprayed haphazardly onto the side of a large ship container.

12-24mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor. Both images - 1/640 second at f/8. Matrix metering. ISO 160

© 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

So why not stick the picture on the internet?

Being your own fiercest critic has its plus points, but also its drawbacks. There are many times I shoot, but having viewed the uploads on my screen eventually arrive at the verdict that there is nothing worth adding to the blog. Most of the time I think I am right in making those decisions, but there are times when I have the sneaking suspicion that I am being too harsh in my approach. After all, I did stop to compose and fire the shutter at the time, so why not stick the picture on the internet?

So, I have decided to relax this draconian ethic, at least for the time being, starting with this one. And just to be on the safe side I have deliberately broken a few compositional rules; plonking the subject in the middle of the frame and having the horizon slice the image equally in two.

24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor. 1/400 second at f/5.6. Matrix metering. - 0.33 EV compensation. Polarising filter. ISO 320

© 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday: 4:39 am

I have been neglecting my camera for the past few weeks, so when I discover that a low tide will coincide with sunrise (well, almost), I set the alarm for 4 am and hope the light does its stuff.

12-24mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor. ¼ second at f/11. Matrix metering. - 0.67 EV compensation. Tripod and remote release. ISO 160

© 2017

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The first day of summer

It's the first day of summer, speaking from a meteorological point of view, and what's more it actually feels like it.

300mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Nikkor. 1/320 second at f/5.6. Matrix metering. - 0.67 EV compensation. ISO 250. Monopod

© 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Bournemouth Wheel: Maximum impact

Something of an afterthought with the subject, but as planned I did return to shoot a local entertainment attraction just as soon as the conditions were right. I needed clear blue skies to achieve the effect I wanted; the conversion to mono enabling me to turn the sky black for maximum impact.

10.5mm f/2.8 AF-S Fisheye Nikkor. 1/800 second at f/11. Matrix metering. - 0.33 EV compensation. ISO 160. Mono conversion in Silver FX Pro2

© 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

First dawn

Newborn foals on Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch. The one in the lower image arrived seven days ago; the other less than a day old, arrived during the night.

300mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Nikkor. Matrix metering. Monopod
Top: (with TC-14E II converter) 1/500 at f/5.6.  - 1 stop EV compensation. ISO 250
Below: 1/1250 second at f/4. - 0.3 EV compensation. ISO 160

© 2017