Beach combing

All of the images this week come from a photo shoot over a couple of days on the coast in Northumbria. It was a wild and windy almost the whole time, with clouds scudding across the sky very quickly and the sun doing its best to emerge when it could. Amongst the sun and the clouds, we also had squally storms of rain which could sometimes be seen coming landward from the NorthSea.

 

BEACH SAFETY
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR

 

 

ON THE WIND
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR

Venturing out on the beaches meant protecting the camera as best as I could with my back to the ever-present wind, turning quickly to take the photograph and then covering the camera up again. I tried not to use the zoom action of the lens whilst facing into the sand-laden wind so I didn’t draw grains into the barrel.

 

 

WINDSWEPT
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR

Every night back in the accommodation meant a thorough cleaning with a rocket blower and lens cloth. I had clear filters on the front of my lenses, and these were wiped with the cloth to get salt spray and sand off.

 

 

P IN THE SAND
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR

 

Photographs #20

You will all be pleased to know that the three images into today’s post are the last images from the Weston Super mare shoot.

Two of them centre on the famous Weston Pier, which was built in 1903 and opened in 1904. The original theatre situated at the pier’s end was destroyed by fire in January 1930 and a new pavilion was built and opened in 1933. In 2008, another fire destroyed the pavilion and it took two years to complete the rebuilding and to reopen the pier once again.

The third image is of the causeway from Knightstone Island to the headland.

All photographs were taken with a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0 lens

 

 

Portent

 

Clearing Skies

 

Divide and Conquer

 

Photographs #16

Following on from my last post, these are some images taken from the visit that Mrs M. and I made to Weston-Super-Mare during September. The weather was stormy and very, very changeable. The clouds were boiling over the sea and pushed by a brisk wind were heading for a collision course with the town.

These three photographs were taken in RAW as per usual and then in post processing converted to my favourite square monochrome format. The images feature little slices of interest that I saw on the beach before the rain (and hail) swept in from the Bristol Channel.

The first image is of a warning post sunk into the sand and tracks of vehicles that driven across the beach. The second photograph is a small boat anchored on the beach, with the waves starting to get higher as the wind from the incoming storm pushed them inland. The third is a capture of a small dog that was having the time of its life running along the sand, galloping around its owner and barking.

All of the photographs were taken with a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0 lens.

 

Lines in the Sand

 

Anchored

 

Enjoying Life

 

Out and About: Exmouth

This image was taken on a glorious November day in Exmouth, Devon. The temperature was unbelievably warm at 18 degrees. I was walking along the beach in a tee-shirt and I was still very warm.

Being November, the area did not have the summer quota of holiday-makers and the beach was virtually empty apart from a few people walking their dogs and enjoying the bizarre weather.

As you can see from the image the sun was quite low in the sky even though the time was eleven o’clock in the morning and it reflected gloriously off the sea. The clouds were fabulous and added extra depth to the scene. All I needed to get was a bit of foreground interest and that eventually came along in the form of two individuals walking towards me along the sea edge.

There were some buildings on the far left which unbalanced the composition and so I went for a square crop and excluded them. This left the scene centred on the two people on the beach. It was lucky that the people were easily discernible as male and female as this helped start a dialogue in my mind and the static appearance of the woman at the back and the walking attitude of the man gave me the title ‘Leaving’.

 

The photograph was taken on a Fujifilm X-T1 and an XF 18-135mm, f/3.5 – 5.6 LM OIS WR lens. ISO was 320 at 1/800sec and the aperture was set at f/18.0. I used this very small aperture despite the risks of diffraction as I wanted the sun to split into a start shape.

 

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