Monday, 26 August 2013

New Brighton

After a manic morning yesterday, with a car boot sale to get rid of the piles of baby clothes and toys we no longer need, and finally getting the car to start, we ventured over to New Brighton. The intention was to take the kids somewhere nice out for the day and so as could get some test shots for some images I'm putting together for a friend. As it is the bank holiday weekend, as you may imagine, it was rammed by the time we got there. I finally found a parking spot and walked across the promenade, and with all my kit wrapped around me I was ready to do battle with the crowds.

After taking some test shots with my camera-phone, I was ready to get the Nikon  D800 out. The problem with sunny, hot bank holiday weekends is that there is usually a lot of people about and they tend to get in the way of my shooting. How rude of them not disperse and leave the beach just to me!
There is a light house a New Brighton that I've taken shots of before, however, as there was tide was in this time I could take a few long exposures with the sea wrapped around its base, so out came the Lee big stopper. This type of shots always looks cool and love the simple composition you get from this minimalist style. I then focused my attention on the fort, taking wide angled shots of the corners of the structure and then further away. Walking around the fort, I found a nice shot of the lighthouse that appeared just passed one of the corners of the fort. I could only get so far around as the tide prevented me from getting to one face of the building, so I tried to pull further away.

As I mentioned earlier the amount of people and the sunny day prevented me from getting image I wanted, and as well used to Photoshop as I am, I wasn't prepared to remove all of the seasider's from the photo, I guess I'll just go back at a quieter time. Here are some of the test shots from my phone.





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