September 2016

Snettisham & RSPB Reserve

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Photography, UK Landmarks and Visitor Sights

It’s one of those days when cloud stretches in a formless uniform mass from one end of the horizon to the other. Typically British basically.

I head out to Snettisham from King’s Lynn where i plan on walking a little way along the coast that forms part of an RSPB nature reserve. It’s blustery and the walk from the car park to the coast takes you alongside some interesting salt/freshwater lagoons.

Snettisham Concrete

Concrete slabs at Snettisham
(Photo, Grant Pollard)

The concrete slabs are remnants of a roadway that was ripped up during a particular storm.  Water is seriously powerful.

Snettisham Mud Flats

Snettisham Mud Flats – An RSPB Nature reserve

The mud flats at the coast aren’t you usual idea of a picture postcard form the sea but the wind and the barren nature of the place are very peaceful. There are no fat people with bad tattoos to spoil the view.

Jetty at Snettisham RSPB Nature reserve

Jetty at Snettisham RSPB Nature Reserve

Opposite a Bird Hide on the reserve is an old jetty that was used for loading and unloading when the area was excavated for gravel manufacture. The blurring at bottom is caused by the wind moving the grasses about during this 20 second exposure.

Taste The Feeling

Taste The Feeling

The mud flats are home to geese, waders and all sorts of bird that frankly i am not qualified to talk about. There’s not too much rubbish around but this coke can caught my eye as it’s in stark contrast to the promotional ‘save the planet’ cobblers all the drink manufacturers pump into living rooms via adverts. If coke production was stopped tomorrow i think we’d get over it very quickly. Soft drinks are … well… they’re just soft drinks. If you want to be green and help save the planet drink water from the tap.

 

Cromer Pier Long Exposure

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Photography, Photography Tutorials, UK Landmarks and Visitor Sights

Two nights in Cromer  and the weather has been rather hot and humid – Consequently it’s Packed with aged tourists out for a stroll. Although the weather’s fine it’s slightly cloudy and visibility is what the Met office would call ‘Moderate’ – effectively there’s a cloudy haze in the distance and you can’t see more than 10 miles or so.

At 7.00pm it was still very bright and I thought it was time to get out the old -10 ND  and do a little long exposure work on the pier. That way i figure the pedestrians will disappear because they don’t stay still enough to register.

I start with a quick exposure to find a sweet spot for what would be a ‘normal’  exposure without the -10ND. ISO is 100 and the aperture is 8.0 for a sharpish look.

Cromer Pier regular exposure

Cromer Pier regular exposure

The setting sun to the West is lighting the pier a little and giving it a slightly pinkish look. The tide is high and the waves are fairly regular and strong. With a vaguely longer exposure the waves will look a little messy but with the ND exposure time will be around 2 minutes and they should even out into a blur.

Cue some faffing around, cleaning the filter (it’s got to be VERY clean) plugging in a remote shutter release, and setting the camera into ‘bulb mode’.

I dial in a two minute exposure and two minutes later…..

Cromer Pier Two minute exposure Lee Big Stopper ND Filter

Cromer Pier long Exposure – with 10 Stop ND Filter
(Photo, Grant Pollard)

It works like it’s supposed to…. at ISO 100 and with an aperture of 8.0 plus the ND -10 it needed all two minutes to register a good picture on the 17mm lens.

Naturally I shot RAW so there was plenty of latitude to put on a curves adjustment and darken the skies but this is pretty much ‘it’. The Lee 10 stop filter i use creates a strong blue cast throughout and of course this needed adjusting…. it’s taken quite a bit of kick out of the pinkish hue on the pier.

I’ve used the same image twice in effect – with a separate curves adjustment on each – one for the sky and one for the water. It could be better in that the sky could be more interesting… but then i’ve worked with what i have and i’m not a fan of sky replacement….. it somehow doesn’t feel ‘genuine’.

Deckchairs for hire (Photo, Grant Pollard)

Great Yarmouth Part Two

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Photography, Travel, UK Landmarks and Visitor Sights

4.00pm and the beach at Great Yarmouth is fairly deserted. It’s a large expanse of sand and really quite inviting considering that it looks out into the North Sea.

Sun Sea Sky

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

Beach Hut Great Yarmouth

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

Saucy sea-side UK traditions die hard – especially the idea of a cartoon-style fat woman in a bathing suit…. mind you this is less of a gag here in the Uk considering every 2nd person on the sea-front is morbidly obese.

Traditional Fish & Chips

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

 

Cod and chips a very reasonable £3.80…… & probably better for you than a kebab or beef burger.

Great Yarmouth Sands

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

More beach hire… but with a hip hop theme.

I wonder where it goes

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

Maybe they failed their A-levels……

End of Britannia Pier

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

The very end of Britannia Pier has that faded driftwood feel.

End of Britannia Pier

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

Pier Support

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

Under the pier

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

Marine Parade Great Yarmouth

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

Personally i think the beach is better to stroll on than Marine Parade which seems to home more than its fair share of amusement arcades with very little amusement to be had.

Great Yarmouth Sands

(Photo, Grant Pollard)

A last look back at the beach ….. it’s been about 27 Deg today and the night air is still warm enough for a tee-shirt and shorts. There should really be more people on the beach enjoying the night air.

 

Great Yarmouth by Dusk

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Photography, Travel, UK Landmarks and Visitor Sights

In Great Yarmouth Photographing some hotels – so I took a quick stroll on a balmy September evening. Winter is on the horizon and i have to make the most of nights like these.

There’s truly a stellar line up at the pier…..

Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier

Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier
(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Marine Parade

Marine Parade
(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Visually the esplanade and sea front roads are a little untidy – with bollards, rubbish bins and general clutter everywhere.

Great Yarmouth Marine Parade

Great Yarmouth Marine Parade
(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Gold Rush

Gold Rush
(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

The lights are dazzling but the prizes really aren’t up to much….. it seems plushies are all the rage and that’s about all you can get here….. i mean good luck with winning that iPad baby….

Behold the Silver Slipper

Behold the Silver Slipper
(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

You WILL put money in the slot……. in the vain hope of winning something worthless.

Looking for the win

Looking for the win
(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Great Yarmouth at Dusk

(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Beach Front Diner at Dusk

Beach Front Diner at Dusk
(Photo Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

The diner looks like a piece of Americana but i question what architectural relevance that has to Great Yarmouth…..bar the fact that the rest of Marine Parade seems to want to model itself on the sunset strip so fits in with the general Faux vegas theme.