Challenging but rewarding light as always at Lancing beach in the winter. Most of the kite surfers were just finishing up as I got down there which is a double blessing. The beach is a non-stop, 360°, variable light, photo opportunity. When looking through the view finder there is a constant sense that just out of sight to one side, 5 marmosets, 2 pangolin and a leopard are performing The Madness of King George by Alan Bennet whilst wearing roller skates.
Equally when there’s 16 kite surfers there’s a much greater chance I’m pointing the camera at the ‘wrong’ one at any given time.
It’s not just lying, under-educated, elite spaffers & chancers who can launch excitingly named projects in a misguided effort to sound effective.
Since I hadn’t taken any night time tripod shots for close to a decade it was time to dig out the tripod! Then search for the quick shoe in the loft, the garage & the internet. Then email Vanguard to ask what dimensions or part number shoe my ancient tripod requires & back to the internet. Wait 3 days & fit quick shoe.
Camera – check
Tripod – check
Coat – check
Darkness – check
Tripod Quick Shoe – check (eventually).
Darkness again – check.
My first attempt was at just after 6am in September I think. Fortunately I hadn’t crawled out of bed specially for it because the result was laughable. I hadn’t found how to switch to spot metering yet & was struggling with my vision so I was trying to rely on autofocus. The results were horrible. The one useful thing that came out of it was I got a really good picture of how dirty my lens was. The results were so bad I didn’t bother saving them.
My second attempt was an early evening on 1st December. Having discovered the button for switching the meter evaluation mode I was fully primed. The high contrast of the full moon against the black of night defied the capabilities of my crappy old eyes though. So I was struggling to focus. The light meter was suggesting very long exposures it just couldn’t seem to meter just for the moon even in spot mode.
Switching to manual yielded this at f20 1/4s ISO 100
Again not satisfactory at all.
The moon decided to bugger off behind some clouds & I was chilly & needed to make dinner.
I decided to come back to moonshots until I had performed a little research, but my initial thoughts were to try longer exposures with a neutral density filter.
A few days later after getting some great kite surfer pics I was trudging home. There was a partial moon high in the sky above some dramatic white clouds.
I don’t know if there is something geographically special about Lancing beach that makes it a favourite for kite surfers or if it is due to offshore activity regulations or just availability of car park & utilisation etc.. but when the wind blows you know the water will be filled with kite surfers. Lancing Kite Surfing club meets here so perhaps that is reason enough.
Glancing out of the back room window at the heavy downpour that would have surprised any witnesses to the dappled sunshine preceding it, I caught a glimpse of a bird failing to find shelter on the fence under my neighbours oak.
SMS.262 is one of the fishing boats that leave the flag markers along the coast each morning, presumably marking the location of pots or nets?
I love this muted picture of the boat with the large ship in the distance.
To me there was a nostalgic feel to it, although it is very much a working boat. So the perfect opportunity to try a little artistic experimentation. The first two use various luminance & colour curves in RawTherapee to ‘age’ the image. The third is produced using an open source haldCLUT tonal profile in RawTherapee (an open source RAW image processor) simulating real film stock.