On Saturday – we headed to my home town, a lovely village where I have lived most of my life. The village is on the edge of a tidal estuary on the south east coast of Kent.
We were visiting family, and luckily only had a short walk to get to the coast. I had checked the tide times, as when the tide is out, there is only miles of mud to be seen (this happened last time I tried this walk!).
As we entered the dock area near the church, there was a good opportunity to use Lensball on some mooring rope that was coiled up on the wall.
We continued further round and down onto the beach area. The beach is made up of stones and tons of broken glass and pottery – and there is even the odd old barge wreck along the way. My aim was to try and use my ND filter to create a nice effect on the water. The waves were only small but my biggest issue was the light was quite harsh, so my 7 stop ND filter wasn’t quite strong enough to enable the length of shutter speed I required. I tried anyway, using the tripod of course, and cranking the aperture as high as I could to slow the shutter some more.
I wasn’t happy with the results I could see on the back of the camera, so I stopped, and decided to give Lensball a try.
I was much happier with the Lensball shots, so decided to try and find some more compositions using him.
I did take a couple more seascape shots, using the tripod, but left the ND filter in the bag as conditions hadn’t changed at all.
I took one last shot from on the sea wall, before we heading off into the woods and back towards home.
Once back, we ate some lunch and had a nice day with family – electing to try another another walk later. This walk turned out a lot hotter and sunnier than expected so was a bit of an ordeal to be honest. But I did manage a couple more Lensball shots in an orchard we walked through.
I find reflections a real issue with Lensball in harsh light conditions, and I had a few nice shots ruined on this trip.
All in all a good day out with family and an interesting day of photography – I must look into a stronger ND filter for future use.