Get the tide right at Bossington and it is a fantastic place to take landscape photographs. The old timber groynes keeping the large pebble beach in place make for facinating coastal subjects.
This shot was taken looking to the west towards Porlock, the pink glow lasted for about 30 seconds before the sun finally dropped below the headland. What then resulted was a frantic attempt to find the narrow path back to the car using the pathetic torch on the back of a rapidly dying iphone...
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
Close up of the timber groynes that retain the large pebble beach at Bossington. The Longshore drift is very much in evidence with the difference in levels from one side of a groyne to the other occasionally being over 6ft.
A warm, fly invested trip to the Steart Marshes sadly coincided with the least spectacular grey sky imaginable.
Thankfully we found these wooden posts that invited a minimalistic approach to a shot.
Fuji XT-1, Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 WR OIS XF @84mm, f/11,125 seconds
One of my experiments with film (not surfing, I am rubbish at that!).
I waited for ages for this surfer to get a wave (he was pretty much the only one out) having seen him doing well on my walk to the water. Sadly he stopped being good as soon as I started shooting. Maybe he noticed the the white Canon lens?
The light was fading and the waves were slowly dropping off so most of the surfers started heading in. This was a snapshot taken after looking back as I walked to the car.
A bit of a rush I have to admit after a crash on a mountain bike ride earlier in the evening meant hobbling up through the woods with a swollen knee, not the most pleasant way to reach a spot you have had your eye on for a while!
That combined with the fact that I was supposed to be picking up the wife on the other side of town at the moment this was taken...
Fuji XT-1, Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R OIS XF @10mm, f/13,1/10 seconds
The walk to Durdle Door
land & sea
Water has always had a draw for me, the sea especially. From windsurfing as a child, to training as a commercial scuba diver as part of a coastal engineering degree, I have always felt a need to be near, on or under the water. Now as an occasional photographer I often find myself perched on a rock, feet wet, waiting for that perfect combination of wave and sky.
For me it is the interaction between land and sea that fascinates. The movement of the water, even when calm, as it flows over rocks and river banks creates a feeling of power and conflict that is intoxicating.
While my preference is for water to be included in my photos, occasionally I do partake in that crazy photographer habit of getting up at an unearthly time to stand on a hill waiting for the warmth of the sunrise to bathe the landscape in a blanket of warmth. If I am honest, those mornings are generally the ones that give me the addictive buzz and the connection to photography and landscapes that you don’t always get when other people are awake.