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N 3.1K B 86.5K C 274 E May 14, 2017 F Jun 20, 2017
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463 seconds as the clouds picked up by the onshore breeze swirl over the lighthouse, their ghostly fingers trailing and caressing the beams in a balletic dance. 463 seconds for the setting sun to breathe colour into the scene, a myriad of faded yellows and ochre tones wrapping the uprights in its warm embrace. 463 seconds to paint out the unfolding scene in my mind.

And 463 seconds to consider my response to the series of unsolicited comments from the photographer next to me.

Yes, I know there’s an app for calculating exposure length. And I appreciate that guessing an exposure of over 7 minutes is not something that most people would choose to do. And yes, I could have taken a series of much shorter length images from different angles to make the most of the fading light. But I didn’t want to. This is what I had imagined.

And so my response? Nothing. I was far too busy watching the dog which had wandered over and was taking a great interest in his camera bag………I could have told him to move it but that would also have been unsolicited advice and I would have been no better. Right?

But maybe on reflection I should have said something. And maybe I just need to spend more time with real people instead of my camera.

There’s an app for that.

I hope you enjoy the result.

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM BURNHAM LIGHOUSE CLOUDS SEA REFLECTIONS LONG EXPOSURE COLOUR SUNSET WARM WATER BEACH WOODEN NIKON D810 FILTERS LIGHT

N 2.3K B 80.7K C 191 E Jun 4, 2017 F Jun 7, 2017
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Ask anyone from overseas their impressions of English seaside towns and a fair proportion will still imagine a scene reminiscent of an Edwardian novel. Ladies in long dresses strolling along the promenade in the sunshine while impeccably mannered gentlemen attend to their every whim and do whatever it is that impeccably mannered gentlemen do.

But ask anyone from the UK the same question and you’re likely get a somewhat different answer. One in which the ladies are no longer wearing long dresses, or in some cases any clothing. And one in which the chivalrous male is more likely to be expelling the contents of his stomach in the ornamental bushes than shielding his love from the sun.

But you know what? When the crowds have gone and the darkness draws its silky veil over the coastline, there is real beauty to be found in these places. A real sense of romance in the tiny details – the way the pools of water left by the retreating tide shimmer like tiny mirrors. And as the sky begins to imperceptibly lighten in the early morning chill, there is nowhere else I’d rather be. This is why I took up photography. This is my utopia.

Technical: Nikon D810, 16-35mm f4 VR @16mm. 43 seconds, f11 ISO 64. 0.9 soft grad. Cable release. Gitzo GT3523LT with FLM CB-48 ballhead.

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK NORTH EAST COAST SALTBURN PIER SUNRISE DAWN DAYBREAK WATER POOLS REFLECTIONS SKY COLOUR CLOUDS SAND WET SHADOWS LIGHT NEW WARM GLOW TIDE PEBBLES

N 3.8K B 108.0K C 322 E May 7, 2017 F May 28, 2017
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Don't let yourself go
'Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes
-REM

For all of you whose lives have been touched by sadness and loss, wherever you are in the world, I hope that the sun will come up for you once more. Maybe not today or tomorrow. But sometime....

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM STEETLEY PIER SUNRISE DAWN HARTLEPOOL WATER MOVEMENT OLD DECAY FLOW SURGE CLOUDS WARM LIGHT COLOUR STUMPS SEASCAPE NIKON D810 ND GRADS WOODEN LONG EXPOSURE SAND WET REFLECTIONS

N 3.3K B 91.2K C 252 E Jan 22, 2017 F May 16, 2017
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It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good
-Muse

I’d like to be able to tell you all that my recent broken ankle has given me both the time and space to ponder the more weighty issues of life. To fill my mind with philosophy and art. Or maybe even consider my own place in the universe.

I’d like to be able to tell you all this but I can’t. Because it wouldn’t be true. Instead, I have to confess that I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself. And bored with my relative lack of mobility. So bored in fact, that I’ve even considered having a go at other photographic styles to pass the time. Such as the slightly provocative selfie. You know the ones- the silhouetted body pressed against the frosted glass of the shower partition, all backlit in artistic relief with a precariously placed angle poise lamp and with the remote release cable strategically hidden from shot in a skin crease. But for a number of reasons I decided against this.

And so here I am archive dipping. A glorious winter sunrise over Steetley pier. I’m sorry that it’s not my special selfie but you’ll just have to make do with this instead.

Technical: Nikon D810. Filters and stuff.

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM SEASCAPE STEETLEY PIER HARTLEPOOL OLD SUNRISE DECAYED STRUCTURE WAVES REFLECTIONS LIGHT COLOUR NORTH EAST COAST DAWN DAYBREAK RUST WOOD STEEL CLOUDS

N 4.0K B 112.5K C 296 E Apr 29, 2017 F May 5, 2017
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As a small child, there is a time when your mind is completely free to wander wherever it chooses. A time when every experience seems especially vibrant. Where colors are brighter and sounds more clearly heard. A time when your thoughts have not yet been shaped and moulded into neat little packages to be stacked and arranged in some logical order. Where fantasy and reality smudge together in an inseparable blur.

Don’t you miss that? That time when superheroes were real and monsters really did live under the stairs. But you can have that again, you know- at least briefly- just stop what you’re doing for a second and take a minute or two to climb the stairs*. Crack open the door a little and step inside………

*disclaimer: if you happen to be in charge of monitoring something important at the moment, then you probably shouldn’t do this right now. Explaining that you’ve “climbed the stairs” to live out your fantasy at the request of a random photographer on Flickr isn’t going to be a great defence when things go wrong. Nor will it get the 200 gallons of toxic waste now poisoning the local watercourse back in its tanks.

Technical: Burnham low lighthouse, a dash of moonlight, 405 seconds at f/11. Multiple filters. Broken ankle in a cast. Incoming tide across the mudflats. Swearing.Lots of swearing.

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK BURNHAM ON SEA LIGHTHOUSE LONG EXPOSURE MOONLIGHT BLUE SMOOTH WATER REFLECTIONS CLOUDS ND GRADS NIKON D810 SHADOW LIGHT THAT TIDE IS COMING IN FASTER THAN I ANTICIPATED


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