The Liberty Belle


An autumnal sunrise at Thorpe Bay, Essex. 

Low tide provided an opportunity to get out closer to the boats. The returning tide here always amazes me, as the water can be seen creeping slowly along the floor. The misty appearance at the base of the frame that envelopes the chains is this water movement visualised on a long exposure. 

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This was an early trip to Frinton On Sea, leaving the holiday caravan at 5am to arrive at 5.30am to set up and find a good spot. Thankfully it was low tide as planned, and the receding water was still flowing off shore into the sea, as can be seen with one of the channels here.

There was just enough light in the sky before sunrise that it enabled a reflection in the foreground water. This channel is heading in the same right to left direction as the ripples in the sand, adding to draw attention across into this direction.

I’m not sure what message this picture is trying to display, apart from one that grabs and holds your attention.

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Mellow in Mersea

Mersea Island, Essex.

This was an off-chance visit, I hadn’t prepared for the weather or tidal conditions, but went to get what I could. On arrival the tide was in, and the posts that can be seen in this picture were just sticking out at their highest point. The slow shutter speed in this photo helps to smooth the sea out more, and allows the picture to present more a picture of calm. The blue tones at this point in twilight also add to this effect.

The coast is always a special place to be. Anytime of the day, whether sunrise or sunset or midday. It has a refreshing, reinvigorating sense that everyone feels after they’ve been to the beach for a day.

It’s a point where the sky and sea meet the horizon without distraction or interference from anything else. That’s why its good for us.

Victor Hugo.

The Time Keeper

The Petrified Oaks of Mundon, Essex. I remember this being something like -1deg Celsius on this night, I lost contact with my toes at some point through this shoot.The image is stacked of multiple exposures over some 20 minutes, which made the cold even more unbearable, and my toes even more numb.

These oaks are hundreds of years old, petrified. So was I – you have to walk through a graveyard to reach this point.

I think this image for me graphically represents time. The passing of time is noted by the rotation of the earth and the star trails, contrasted against the oaks which have been static for centuries. Having seen many rotations of the earth, they are likely to remain like this and see many more, without care or quantification. This reminds me of a passage from a well-known book I’ve read:

Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper      

I was the only thing in this field (bar my brother) that was focused on the time – as it meant getting back into the warm. All around me however, time was being ignored. The oaks couldn’t have cared less.

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Animal Behaviour

This photo was taken at Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, this spring. A pair of Gannets sharing a tender moment, reassuring one another of their relationship and bond.

I spent the morning observing Gannets behaviour, mating rituals, nest-building. These birds often pair for life. The dark background presented by the underexposed sea draws attention to the reciprocal shape of the birds neck and head. And the eye contact makes the moment somehow more personable, more human.

This picture for me sums up how we as humans have a closer relationship to animals than we think. The ability for animals to display emotions like this must also demonstrate intelligence. Animal behaviour is what we have in common.

Another reason why protection of nature is important. After all, we are nature. Look again and what do you see? More similarities than differences?

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Fire and Ashes

This was another late night outing to Dungeness, Kent , with my brother. The original plan was for astro work, but the cloud came rolling in, and after having a pint at the local we headed off to the beach to attempt some light painting on the old wrecks.

If you’ve never been to Dungeness before, I’d recommend a visit. It’s a strangely interesting place. The beach is scattered with old boats, sheds, shacks, all having stories from years gone by. Amid all this destruction and waste is a weird sense of peace and calm. A sense of isolation where objects haven’t moved from their resting places for decades.

The image taken was not at sunset, but at night. The red light in the distance is actually the light pollution from towns across the water. The impression however is of fire and smoke. A theme that resonates with the overall feel of the place, and how obliteration is often followed by stillness and calm.

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Stars For The Soul

The magic of the Milky Way. I could have sat there all night just looking at the sky. This is one of the reasons I love astrophotography, it really brings a sense of reality back the trials and tribulations of life.

I’ve practiced milky way shots many times before, but usually due to the light pollution where I live its very difficult. Also the UK, being quite northern in its latitude, doesn’t really get the best visualisation of the milky ways core. This shot was taken in Majorca in June 2015, where the skies are dark and the Sangria flows. You could make this out with the naked eye.

This image has been post processed, as with all milky way shots. The colours however have not been enhanced, just given a bit more contrast to make them stand out.

If you would like to know more about how to take pictures of the night sky like this, then please get in touch.

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