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N 3.5K B 79.4K C 270 E Jan 22, 2017 F Feb 21, 2017
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In all honesty, this isn’t a shot that I was intending to post today. Let me explain- I’m currently staying in a converted chapel in the tiny village of Aberffraw on the south west coast of Anglesey. Apparently some princes once lived here back before Ipods and mobile phones, although the local guidebook is honest enough to point out that absolutely no evidence of this remains. Which is convenient.

You’d think that being on such a beautiful island for a few days, I’d have a chance of some decent light at some point, right? Well, let me tell you something- I’ve never seen beige light anywhere in the world until this trip. The sort of light that only really exists in one of those old fashioned hospital delivery rooms- you know, the ones with that chair where your legs are affixed in such a position that you feel like you’re riding a horse up a vertical incline.

But last night, there was a chance. The tides looked promising and there was a chance that the sun might peek through the broken cloud on its descent into the ocean. The only problem was the location I had in mind was at the end of a very narrow single-track road with almost no passing places and one parking spot at the end. And having already had one car stolen and another restyled while shooting on the beach at Selsey in the last year, I have to admit to a certain degree of hesitation before setting out. But no one else would be there, right?

So I was surprised to find another vehicle at the end of this isolated road. But not as surprised as the young lady who’s head suddenly bobbed up from the drivers seat. Or the gentleman beside her, who appeared to be rather flushed.

Have you ever lost something down the side of a car seat? It’s can be a real struggle to retrieve it, particularly if you have large hands. And I’m pretty sure that in a Ka, which isn’t the most spacious vehicle, it could become warm very quickly. Which would explain the other feature that was apparent. I think they’d been struggling for some time.

Not wishing to park behind them and fully aware that I was carrying a fair amount of camera gear, I beat a retreat back to the warmth of the village pub, only to find the opening hours were from 3 until 7pm. And it was closed.

And so to cheer me up, here’s an image from a few weeks ago on a glorious morning at Steetley. A morning where the sun, tide and everything came together. A morning where no one appeared to have lost anything in their footwell. Why can’t all mornings be like this?

I hope she found what she was looking for. I think it may have been her lipstick.


Tags:   STEETLEY PIER SUNRISE DAWN COLOUR WARM UNITED KINGDOM UK SEASCAPE LANDSCAPE WATER BEACH LONG EXPOSURE NIKON D810 LEE FILTERS FLOW LIGHT REFLECTIONS WET SAND CALM TRANQUIL

N 3.4K B 93.5K C 236 E Jan 22, 2017 F Feb 10, 2017
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Steetley pier was originally used as part of an industrial complex extracting magnesium from sea water. Now partially demolished with a section removed to deter the more adventurous angler from plummeting to their death through the rotting boards and rusting iron works, it still presents an imposing and photogenic structure. If you look carefully on the left hand side, you can see where some enterprising souls have nailed a makeshift ladder to the upright. This is what I love about the true spirit of Britain- no health and safety considerations are going to stop the intrepid angler from catching a few fish. Even if it means multiple fractures and one of those temperature probes inserted in quite the opposite end from your mouth. Because that will of course be wired shut. And if the fall doesn’t get you, the fish themselves fed on a local diet of heavy metals and chemicals may just do the job.

This is sunrise at Steetley

Technical: Nikon D810, Nikkor 16-35 f4 VR, f11 at 21 seconds ISO 64. Multiple stacked filters. Gitzo 3523LS, cable release.

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM STEETLEY PIER NORTH EAST WATER SUNRISE SEA REFLECTION WARM COLOURS SEASCAPE DAWN POV BEACH COAST LANDSCAPE DISUSED DERELICT

N 2.4K B 37.0K C 174 E Jan 31, 2017 F Feb 1, 2017
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472 seconds.

Selsey lifeboat station. Blue hour on an eerily calm evening. Not a breath of wind to break the spell. Only the whispered sounds of the sea gently lapping against the tripod, apologetic almost for the intrusion. A time of complete tranquility where I stood transfixed as the soft rays of the dying light eased themselves slowly through the filters and glass of the camera, painting this image bit by bit.

Better get there quick though if you want to photograph it - if you too want to connect with this beautiful structure. It may have withstood the onslaught of the ocean over many winters and presented an ethereal scene to countless photographers on a calm summer's evening but it's finally met a far more powerful foe than the currents and eddies and swirls of the sea. Bureaucracy. Farewell to another piece of our coastal heritage. It's sad, really. Might as well pull down that old building in London too, while you're at it. You know- the one the Queen sometimes stays in. Redevelop it into a giant Nandos. That's progress.

Farewell............

Technical: Nikon D810, NIKKOR 16-35 f4 VR, 472 seconds at f11, ISO 64. Lee 10 stop ND grad with 0.9 Hitech hard grad for the sky and reverse mounted 0.6 Lee soft grad to darken the base. Gitzo GT3523LS with FLM CB-48 ballhead. Cable release. Tears in my eyes.

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM SELSEY LIFEBOAT STATION BLUE HOUR LONG EXPOSURE SEASCAPE COLOUR SMOOTH REFLECTION WATER COASTAL SOUTH NIKON D810 LEE HITECH FILTERS DUSK

N 4.9K B 121.6K C 367 E Jan 2, 2017 F Jan 21, 2017
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Flow

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

Muse, Feeling Good

Whatever your view of world events, there's no doubt that things are about to get....somewhat interesting. But here's the thing- whatever happens in the next few months and years, the sun will always rise in the East (except in Australia where it rises in the West, of course) and the tides will continue their endless cycle. At least for a while.

So, kick off your wellies, grab a cocktail and you know..just go with the......

Technical: Nikon D810, Nikkor 16-35 f/4 VR 0.8 seconds ISO 64. Hitech 0.9 hard grad with reverse mounted 0.6 soft grad for the water. Gitzo GT3523LS with FLM CB-48 ballhead.Cable release.

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK PIER SUNRISE DAWN SEASCAPE WATER MOVEMENT COLOUR POSTS REFLECTIONS SKY CLOUD NORTH EAST COAST LONG EXPOSURE ND GRADS STEETLEY

N 4.1K B 86.2K C 336 E Jan 2, 2017 F Jan 10, 2017
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In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

- The Sound of Silence


For Jon. You would have liked this morning, mate.


Technical: Nikon D810, 16-35mm f/4 VR @16mm. I second. ISO 64. Hitech 0.9 grad with Hitech 0.6 reverse neutral density grad. Gitzo GT3523LS with FLM CB-48 ballhead. Cable release.

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK STEETLEY PIER HARTLEPOOL SUNRISE DAWN COASTAL SEA POSTS WATER MOVEMENT REFLECTIONS SKY WINTER NORTH EAST COAST LONG EXPOSYURE ND GRADS


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