Sunday, 7 February 2016

'Hayley'

Taken nine minutes after sun down, and as the tide ebbs away, little trawler Hayley nestles down for the evening, surrounded by the many other small boats and dinghies that call Burnham Overy Staithe their home.

Hayley, at Burnham Overy Staithe. Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 10-24 mm F4 lens
'Hayley'

Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 10-24 mm F4 lens. Lee 3 stop hard grad, tripod and cable release.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Beautiful Weybourne Beach

In my last post I mentioned how much I love Weybourne, for it's ruggedness and reasonably isolated position along the North Norfolk Coast. There are a couple of things that really strike you about the place. The cliffs to the East, and the proximity of the sea to the beach. The waves crash onto the shingle, only a matter of yards from the car park, so there's no long trek over the dunes to reach the sea, (although there's nothing wrong with that if you want a nice walk). 

I've wanted to try and capture a fairly simple image of a Weybourne vista for some time, and I managed to finally spend a few hours there a couple of weeks ago. Shooting West along the beach/sea line seemed to offer the best combination of composition and beautiful, soft fading light, which was just catching the tips of the waves as the sun started to dip below the shingle bank. A slowish shutter speed of 1/4 second recorded motion throughout the waves without them becoming 'too misty like', which I felt would have reduced their power somewhat. Shooting with a much faster shutter speed however, almost certainly creates a very static image, where the motion of the sea can be lost, something I wanted to try and avoid. The Fuji X-T1 was set up on a tripod with a cable release, and a Lee two stop hard grad in place, positioned across the horizon. As the waves crashed in I tripped the shutter, reviewing the images on the LCD. I ended up with three that I really like, taken over a six minute period. What's quite amazing is just how much the light has changed in such a short space of time, completely affecting the feel of each image.

Warm light at Weybourne, Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 18-55mm F2.8 - F4
Warm light at Weybourne

Crashing waves at Weybourne, Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 18-55mm F2.8 - F4
Crashing waves 

Last Light at Weybourne, Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 18-55mm F2.8 - F4
Last Light 

Notice how the light has become a steely grey by the time we get to the last image, taken just six minutes after the first. I love the movement of the retreating sea in the second image. This really sums up Weybourne beach for me. And finally, notice the little sea creature in the first photograph, which looks like a Common Sunstar. 

I love this place, and I know I'll be visiting again real soon.



Saturday, 16 January 2016

Outfall pipe at Weybourne, North Norfolk Coast

One of my favourite spots along the North Norfolk Coast is Weybourne. It's one of those places that you could easily miss whilst travelling along the coast road. It lies between Blakeney and Sheringham, and on first glance, is a quiet, unassuming little village. But if you follow the sign to the beach, along a narrow, potholed single track road, and climb over the shingle bank, you will be greeted by the most wonderful of vistas. A steep pebble beach quickly gives way to the sea, waves crashing and breaking, only a matter of metres from the car park. To the East, chalk cliffs stretch as far as the eye can see, to the West, wonderful views back towards Cley and Blakeney. I think I like Weybourne so much because it feels isolated and away from the crowds. It feels wild, untamed, and I like that. 

Photographing here, for me anyway, requires a different approach to my usual landscape work. I'm trying to capture the rawness, almost emptiness of the place. It's a challenge, but any excuse to visit and I'm there. On this particular occasion, I photographed the Outfall pipe, something that greets the eye as soon as you crest the bank. The pipe makes a great subject, and for some reason doesn't look out of place in such a beautiful spot. This particular shot was taken four minutes after sunset. A shutter speed of two seconds was used to create a sense of movement through the water, as it started to envelop the pipe. I was using the Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 18-55mm, tripod, cable release, with a Lee two stop, hard N.D. grad filter.

The Outfall pipe at Weybourne. Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 18-55mm lens
The Outfall pipe at Weybourne 

The image was converted to black and white, with a few simple tonal adjustments.  

Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 18-55mm F2.8 - F4 lens.
2 seconds at F14, ISO 200.