Down To The Sea…At Night

This photo was taken on the same night as my last post, which was looking towards Hythe. This is just a short distance to the west of Hythe on the south coast in Kent. The steps take you down to the beach but the tide had been in so i didn’t make it all the way down. The view is towards France across the English Channel, so yes, that’s light pollution and not the remains of a sunset.
This is a 30 second exposure and i lit the walls with a small torch. It also added some light to the sea which i think works nicely.
The line in the sky is from an aeroplane. I thought about removing it but i actually quite like it. Besides, it shows what’s in the sky and what we capture in photos.







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Looking at Hythe

On a recent trip down to Kent to visit friends i popped over the road to to the sea for a few nighttime photos. As the tide was quite a long way in i couldn’t get to the beach so went down the steps far enough to get away from the street lights. The camera was on a tripod that was delicately placed onto a sloping wall and one of the large rocks.

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Whilst away with friends I decided to have a bit of a play with the Photosphere app. It helps you take a full sphere of photos and stitches them together. I’ve seen the results posted on Google+ before and you either view as one large image, or scroll around it as if you were the photographer taking it.

I didn’t take the full sphere, just the part I was interested in. Within the app you scroll around it, but in the camera roll of my phone it creates a square image with distortion. I thought this was quite an interesting effect so decided to post it.

It was taken at Brockhill Country Park in Kent.



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Wells Cathedral

During my holiday in July i stopped off at  campsite on the edge of Glastonbury so i could have a day out with a friend who lives in nearby Wells. After a great day out we took a wander around Wells and i had to grab this photo looking back at the Cathedral. I don’t remember ever seeing a photo from this view before, but i thought it was rather lovely.












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Cat Art!

Yesterday morning three of ended up having a bit of a conversation about art, especially modern and conceptual art. The point was made that you can take an object and place it on display and call it art. So we put one of these cat things down and i decided to photograph it. Then we played about a bit more and i ended up with this series of four photos. They have a nice little narrative…….well sort of. I also think they make quite a nice little set of photos considering we were just messing around for a few minutes.



Taken using the Hipstamatic app on an iPhone.




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Hazy Landscape…

We can never know exactly how the weather will be when we head out to photograph the landscape. The conditions may be wonderful as we set out, but by the time we reach a good vantage point it may have changed slightly. We look for the glorious sunrise or sunset, but it doesn’t quite happen. In the same way we have a tendency to look for that really clear view with just the right clouds and sunlight, but it turns a bit murky and hazy.
Well so what!
That hazy look with a long lens can be really attractive too, so let’s try to make the most of it. Some photographers do, but others seem disappointed. Try to make the most of what you have on the day, go and enjoy being in a beautiful area and get some nice hazy shots.

These were taken at Stanage Edge in the Peak District National Park, the same place as my last blog post. I think they work quite nicely.













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Stanage Edge

A quick iPhone shot whilst pottering about on Stanage Edge in the Peak District National Park a couple of days ago.



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