Joe Cornish, the great British landscape photographer, advocates taking most of your photographs no more than thirty minutes from your home. So, here's my blog featuring pictures either thirty minutes drive or walk away from my front door or from the place where I'm staying for a few days. I'll also be writing about photography in general from time to time. Please enjoy!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Come Watch the Sun Sink Away...*

After attending the premiere of 'The Insatiable Sun' I had a few days away in North Yorkshire visiting Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington and surrounding places. The first two days were damp and cold so photography was limited to a few snapshots for future reference. Despite the rain, the iconic pier at Whitby had a goodly number of visitors so even a rainy black and white shot was out of the question. No matter... we were having a great time. 

The final day was completely different, weather-wise. Bridlington with its harbour and long sandy beaches was the target and by late afternoon is was pretty clear that a half-decent sunset might be had. I took a few pictures around the harbour before wandering along the sand to the south of the town. Strolling along the sand was really nice collecting pebbles and shells, keeping a close eye on the sun and taking a few pictures.Walking back towards the harbour I took photographs of  some beach huts and a bicycle. Here's the images:

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Both were quite difficult pictures because of the tricky exposures involved. Elements has helped a little particularly with the bicycle picture. The sea and sky in this image was pretty much burned out but adding a graduated filter in ACR5 helped initially with selections on the sky and sea lifting out the highlights. I also like the composition of the bicycle shot; it almost conforms to the Law of Thirds - at least horizontally! The image is cropped to 5x5.

Please feel free to comment.

*The Magic Hour - Andrew Peterson from the Album "Counting Stars"

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