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Ok, I make no apologies for showing some more photographs that I took on the trip Mrs M. and I went on down to Weston-Super-Mare. I got some great pictures on that trip. As I have said before, the weather was stormy and the first photograph below shows the magnificent display of clouds we were lucky to witness. I like the effect that the sun, which was struggling to push through the clouds, has on the whole picture. The sea and sand were bathed in a semi-light which gave a great ambience and some of the clouds have been lightened by the sun too. This photograph was one of the ten I submitted to the Royal Photographic Society to achieve my licentiate distinction.
The second photograph was taken from the famous Weston Pier looking inland to the town. The storm clouds had just begun to clear in the Bristol Channel and were moving over the back of the town. The brighter clouds and better weather were pushing in from the west. I love the swell of the wave at the bottom of the frame starting to get larger as it moves to the beach.
The final picture was again taken from the pier looking to the town and you can see the rain clouds hanging over the town. You can see them twisting and rolling over the roofs of the hotels and houses. The pier was a great place to photograph from with all the fabulous clouds blowing in from the west.
All the photographs were taken with my Nikon D800 and a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0 zoom lens.
From the Pier
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
These two images were again taken with one of my Nikons that I had in 2015. This time it was the superb D800 and the lens was the very good Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0 zoom.
Both images were, as I normally do, shot in RAW, imported into Lightroom CC as DNGs and then processed mainly in Photoshop CC.
In the first image “Wings of Heaven”, I knew the kind of photograph I wanted to get of the church on the hill, so I crouched low, placed the church on the right-hand vertical third, made sure I had enough sky and then took the shot. In post processing, I removed a couple of stray walkers (I am not a big fan of unintentional people in my images), enhanced the sky and with selective sharpening to try and enhance the impression of distance.
The second image, “Knot Here”, was taken in flat light which can be really helpful for monochrome post-processing. I managed to get some contrast in the image and enhance the details and fibres in the rope, even though I took the image with just a zoom. The 36 megapixels of the D800 helped of course in that I was able to crop into the knot a little more to get closer.
Wings of Heaven
I’ve only just managed to get back to my desk at home to start looking at some of the images that I have taken over the last ten days or so.
Firstly I went to Perth in Scotland for a Royal Photographic Society group meeting for four days and when I came back it was off to Yorkshire for a couple of days with Mrs M.
So the first quick upload is a picture that I took in Pitllochry on the River Tummel. it was a gorgeous day, very warm and clear. As you can see, the trees still have no leaves on them and the hills lack any vibrant colours. This is my second visit to Scotland in less than a year. the first time it was over on the west and Loch Lomond and this time the east and Perth. It really is a beautiful country and the people are great. I shall return, perhaps pushing further north.
I’ll be putting a couple of more pictures from Scotland up followed by a couple from Yorkshire over the next few days.
Not having got the chance to go out for a walk yesterday, Mrs M and I decided to go out this Sunday morning. It was a crisp, sunny day with occasional blasts from a very cold wind. We decided to go to Stratford and walk from the free car park by the side of the river Avon just outside the town centre.
When we got there just after ten in the morning the car park was already almost full. There are no dedicated spaces so people tend to park around the outside and then fill in the gaps around the trees that are in the centre of the area.
We managed to find a place and got out to put on our walking boots to find that the whole car park was about an inch deep in clay-like slurry. So much for a clean car – the mess had already sprayed up both sides of my previously clean vehicle.
From the car park we walked along the river into the town. Then once in the town centre, we continued from the basin and walked down to Lucy’s Mill Bridge and over to the other side of the Avon. From there we walked passed Holy Trinity and along the river to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Once there it was into their café and a sandwich and coffee.
Whilst enjoying lunch I noticed on their advertising video screens that they were still showing information about the two plays, Love Labours Lost and Loves Labour Won which they are setting at Charlecote Park, in Warwickshire. Regular readers might remember I was lucky enough to have one of my photographs of Charlecote House used in the brochure for the plays. However whilst I was looking at the screen I noticed that the designer was Simon Higlett, someone who I knew at secondary school and who is one of the foremost theatre designers in the country. A nice coincidence.
Once out of the café we made the return journey to the car once again alongside the river. The car-park was even more busy and the slurry even deeper.
I took the D800 today with the Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 a lens I don’t use that much. I’m not sure why I don’t, it’s a great lens. Perhaps I should make the effort to take it out more often. The shot below is taken from Bridge Foot towards the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Settings: 1/250 at f/10. 18mm. ISO 200