#British Coast

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’.

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.

Mysterious Weston-Super-Mare

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

Grand Pier Weston-Super-Mare

The Grand Pier weston-Super-Mare
(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Occasionally i need to travel to one of the UK’s glorious and traditional sea-side towns and so it was that i passed an afternoon photographing a hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. After a frenetic session I  took a walk about in the sunshine and made a few observations.

The Grand pier burnt down a few years ago and was rebuilt complete with amusements and all the fun of the fair at the end.

On a very positive note …there is ice-cream, and a little further away…a vintage carousel which warms the cockle of the heart.

Weston Super Mare Carousel

Weston Super Mare Carousel
(photo by G Pollard / Films.GB)

 

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

Carousel Horse
(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

The beach is notorious for the huge tidal range – i think it’s about the 2nd longest range in the world which means the sea can be very close…. and a few hours later almost a mile away across some very muddy estuarine flats.

There’s sand though and plenty of it – with dunes at the southern end and a pleasant little bay in the north that’s relatively sheltered and a good place to build sandcastles.

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

To the north there’s a a very pleasing walk cross the bay in front of the artful lake which retains water even though the tide has gone out.

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

All along the promenade though are these wooden posts that look a little like ships timbers embedded upright into the tarmac…

(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Wooden monolith
(Photo by Grant Pollard/FIlms.Gb)

Nothing amazing here, except that no-one seems to have the foggiest idea what they are or what they represent.

(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Wooden monolith
(Photo by Grant Pollard/Films.Gb)

Even the local hoteliers who’v been there an age don’t know who put them up or why, which is a shame because presumably at some point in the past it was someone’s ‘big’ idea to do this. The Timbers are variously decorated and often have carefully carved holes in then which sort of beg you to look through…. which you can if you’re seven feet tall.

They are to be found along the northern end of the beach and around the ‘lake’…… I’d love to know what they are and what they represent and it’s a shame to think someone’s work of decorating the town has been forgotten.