Home Town Coastal Walk

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.

Lensball Rope – 18-55mm – F14 – 1/250 – ISO125

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.

Long Exposure attempt – 18-55mm – F25 – 1.6 (tripod) – ISO125

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.

Lensball Beach – 18-55mm – F9 – 1/250 – ISO125

I was much happier with the Lensball shots, so decided to try and find some more compositions using him.

Lensball Beach – 18-55mm – F14 – 1/200 – ISO100
Lensball Beach – 18-55mm – F14 – 1/160 – ISO125

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.

Beach – 18-55mm – F14 – 1/100 – ISO110
Seascape – 18-55mm – F14 – 1/200 – ISO125

I took one last shot from on the sea wall, before we heading off into the woods and back towards home.

Sea Wall – 18-55mm – F22 – 1/50 (tripod) – ISO100

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.

Orchard Lensball – 18-55mm – F11 – 1/500 – ISO160
Orchard Lensball – 18-55mm – F11 – 1/250 – ISO100

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.

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