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Lighthouses are endlessly suggestive signifiers of both human isolation and our ultimate connectedness to each other
— Virginia Woolf
 24mm, F11, 2 Seconds, ISO 100, lee Filters 2 Stop(0.6) Hard Grad.

24mm, F11, 2 Seconds, ISO 100, lee Filters 2 Stop(0.6) Hard Grad.

A recent evening stroll on the beach rewarded me with this image. Sunset looked promising, i was hoping the sky would light up with the setting sun however an hour beforehand clouds moved in. i got talking to another photographer on the beach clearly with the same plan. he was packing up when i got there because there wasn’t going to be a sunset. In agreement i decided to to have wonder around and look for compositions. As the sun passed down over the horizon the light changed, this spectacular bank of cloud moved in and i had change of plan. It was over with in minutes and i gad i went.

I’ve had some people ask how it was shot so i decided this would be a good starting point for my youtube tutorial series.

Hit the play button to watch the video and check my youtube channel for more videos coming soon.



Shot location

Dark & Empty Plughole

I had to spend a day in Sheffield this week, so i thought id set off early and catch the sunrise at Mam-tor despite the weather forecast of grey, grey and more grey.  When i arrived it was clear that there would indeed be no sun rise - just clouds getting lighter.  I decided to drive on and get breakfast thinking i'd make the most of the journey home and photograph one of the overspills(plughole) at lady bower Reservoir.

It would seem the Peak district conspired against me, i finished work late and so arrived just after sunset with the light and temperature dropping fast.  I made my way from the car to the spot i'd scoped out using good old google maps.

To my horror there was barely any water flowing into the overspill, but since i was already there i decided to find a composition i could use the next time i visit.

The light was dropping quickly so no opportunity to try out the brand new little stopper :( but there was a lot of contrast in the scene so i did get to use the graduated filter for the first time :)

I set up, waited for the ducks to move out of the way and took my shots.

The left image is ISO 100, F11, 8 Second Exposure, straight out of camera.

The right image is ISO 100, F11, 119 Second Exposure, .6 Lee Filters ND Grad, Hoya polariser and has lightroom adjustments.

I'm not really happy with the final results, but i'll go back when it's been throwing it down for a few days.


Unexpected Sunset

I had taken the family to Chester for the day.  A touch of retail therapy was in order.  I'm not really a city person, i find the hustle & bustle quite irritating.  Having said that...  Chester is a very pretty place to be.

It was a fairly typical grey day for January in England, we had made out way round the shops and the kids managed to con me into Gino's Gelato(because when you are 9, it's never too cold for ice cream)

We were done for the day and heading back to the car park loaded up with bags.   Everyone was now hungry and a pub tea was waiting for us part way back home.  My Youngest was telling me all about how she was going to live in one of the trendy apartments overlooking the river when out of nowhere the sky started to turn pink and then exploded with orange and purple.  But the light was dropping fast, the sun sets early and quickly at this time of year.  i wanted to get back to the car, get the tripod and filters out but there was no time.   We rounded the corner to the view below and tried to make the most of it.

Having no tripod, i propped myself on the wall to be as steady as i could, opened up the aperture as wide as the lens wold let me.   Now i don't have a steady hand so wanted to keep the shutter speed faster then 1/100th of a second to get a sharp image.

I'll make sure to visit again and be better equipped.  There's stunning views from the city walls and along the riverside.  i just hope the sky is as kind again.

 1/125, F4.0, ISO 800, 24mm

1/125, F4.0, ISO 800, 24mm