OK, so it’s not the best photo I’ve ever taken technically, it was after all grabbed during a brisk walk along the seafront at Southend on Sea, and a damp freezing fog had just started rolling in from the water on the only camera I had available at the time, the trusty iphone 6. Now we all know that in low light, it’s not the best you’re going to see, but it was in reality pretty bright out. Nevertheless, the fog has reduced the contrast far better than I could have done in post production, giving the image a somewhat surreal, almost watercolour like effect. I’d promised myself that only my best images would get uploaded here (unlike my Flickr account which has a lot of painful reminders of amateur errors) but there’s just something about this one that I keep coming back to. Despite it’s appearance, I can assure you this one is straight out of the phone, no editing whatsoever.
Posted this up a month ago on YouTube, but never updated/added it here. Had a great Holiday this year in Olu Deniz, Turkey.
We weren;t really sure what to expect as we usually go for the livelier resorts like Marmaris but after 2 weeks baking in the sunshine I’m hooked now. We were quite literally 5 minutes away from the Blue Lagoon, where we not only saw turtles, but managed to get up close to them as well !
Sandbanks is a small peninsula or spit (1 km2 or 0.39 sq mi) crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel coast at Poole in Dorset, England. It is well known for the highly regarded Sandbanks Beach and property value; Sandbanks has, by area, the fourth highest land value in the world. The Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs Coastline area has been dubbed as “Britain’s Palm Beach” by the national media. thanks to the innocence of youth, none of this is important during a half term break in October, and it’s just a great place to play and make your own art…..
Dug out an old image and had a play. Whilst I don’t generally ‘do’ HDR, I took this shot bracketed and had 3 RAW files 2 stops apart. Added another 2 for -1 and +1 in lightroom then ran them through Photomatix to see if I could recover the cloudy sky yet still keep some detail in the houses.
Not really sure what else I did to it other than a little cross processing and a vignette but was quite pleased with the result.
Is it me, or is putting this sign, with it’s rather small and hard to read from a distance typeface, right at the edge of the cliff counterproductive?
Having had yet another good soaking, there’s one thing you can rely on when visiting this green and pleasant land. Yup, us Brits talk about the weather a lot for a reason. 4 Seasons of weather all in the space of an hour is fairly common midsummer. You’re never sure what you’re going to get and it makes deciding what to wear so much more interesting.
Another shot from our break in Dorset. This time looking from Durdle Door back towards Lulworth. On the plus side, I guess it makes for a more dramatic photo than blue skies and fluffy white clouds.