There are a couple of spots in Bembridge on the East coast of the Isle of Wight that attract regular photographers – the windmill and the RNLI Lifeboat slipway that officially houses and provides a launchway for lifeboats, and unofficially provides a nice little pier and vantage spot from where to view shipping and the Portsmouth Mainland.
I grabbed the windmill using a Canon 50mm 1.8 STM lens – a cheap and cheerful lens that i pretty much always have on me and takes up no room and little weight in the bag and on camera.
Being prime you need to run around a bit to create different frames but it’s worth the effort and the windmill si approachable from many sides via a public a walkway so there’s no need to pay National Trust to get close to it (unless you wan to photograph the insides).
In the setting sun the windmill is lit beautifully from the west and has a rosy glow to it that is so powerful i felt the need to knock back the saturation otherwise it looked unnatural…..despite the fact that it was natural.
I often suck colour out of a picture via a gradient map – the result is a very controllable ‘semi’-black & White picture where you have fine control over saturation that is slightly more pleasing that a simple saturation adjustment alone.
Ont to the Pier or Lifeboat slipway….. it’s a popular place for photographers early morning and at dusk. When the tide is fully low there is a rock shelf that extends out to the end of the pier and in which water pools…. at low tide it’s not too pretty and i prefer to see it at high-water…. which meant i need to be there for dusk.
The large construction at the end houses the lifeboat which can launch even at the lowest of tides – courtesy of the concrete pier way. A 50mm lens isn’t going to be very effective here – so i’m at about 20mm via a Canon 17-40mm Zoom.
Being concrete is has an interesting texture and from underneath the single pillar supports make an interesting line out to the channel.
All the pier pictures here were taken using a circular polariser and a 10-stop ND filter which allowed a minute exposure at ISO 100, F.8.
Up above and on the walkway the public area allowed access to the station and it’s a pretty cool diversion for eat kids to be allowed to tour the station and see the RNLI at work.
The circular polariser limits the amount of reflection off the water and gives clearer definition to what clouds there are….. it also deepens the colour of the water and sky and is pretty much an essential part of any landscape photographers kit.