Over the weekend, I was down in Devon and had hoped to be able to shoot a more natural setting than my recent London city images. However, the weather had other plans. On Saturday evening, the miss rolled in and even before I arrived at Budleigh Salterton beach to shoot the end of day scenery, the fog meant that the view was very limited.
With the limited vista available, I ended up taking long exposure images of the waves lashing the shoreline. With no fixed point in focus, the end result is more reminiscent of a painting than a photograph. It also goes to show that even when you have poor light and limited options, there are still photographs worth taking.
Taken in 2017 in south east Devon, this singular tree stood alone on the common. Above, storm clouds gathered. Indeed, I just managed to pack away before the rain fell hard. As the scene was devoid of much colour, black and white seemed a better way to convey the sinister, brooding scene best.
Last shot in the sequence from the previous weekend in Devon. An interesting outcrop of rocks, jutting into the sea, replete with seaweed on the Jurassic coast. This shot was taken facing south, with the sun setting 90 degrees to my right. The gentle evening colours were caught in the lower clouds on the horizon.
Stormy weather ahead.
The last vestiges of light were visible in the opalescent sky. Shortly after this shot was taken, the heavens opened and the rain did not stop for the next two days.
Believe it or not, this was taken on a very popular beach in Devon, just at a very unpopular time (i.e. moments before a torrential rain storm). Definitely worth it!
Taken a few days ago on the beach at Budleigh Salterton, the fisherman in the picture very kindly asked if he was ruining my shot by fishing in front of me. Normally one for trying to avoid human presence in my images, this one worked out very nicely. The lonely fisherman occupies the space between sky and sea.
Walking along the beach in Exmouth last week, the clouds took on a pattern similar to the sand bumps on the shore. My new Formatt-Hitech filter gave a warm purple tone instead of the customary cold blue of the Lee filters, lifting the colour of the scene. I was so pre-occupied with the scene that I did not notice the progressive surf. Moments later, a wave washed in from my left and soaked me to the knee. Worth it though.
Low tide on Exmouth beach over the weekend. The water was low enough to reveal this concrete jetty, covered in very green seaweed. A long exposure blurred the sky and left the water a milky, glassy texture. You can just make out a seagull at the end of the jetty. It stood there almost motionless for the 260 second exposure.
After waking up early for a dawn shoot, I was a little dejected by the lackluster weather. However, using a Lee Filter Big Stopper to slow the scene down and generate movement in the clouds, whilst making the sea turn more glassy.
The delicate orange glow below the morning clouds, behind the pillar of land at Ladram Bay in Devon made for a rather haunting scene.
Walking between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton over the weekend, in south Devon, I spotted this interesting rocky outcrop. The sun was beginning to drop to my right and threw an captivating shaft of light across the scene. The tide was washing close to the top of my Wellington boots and I had a camera bag full of kit precariously balanced on the rocks next to me. I had just enough time to grab a couple of shots before having to clamber up the rocks. Definitely worth it.