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Quick Coastal Trip

Just a quick update this week, as a busy weekend meant there wasn’t much time to get out and about with the camera. We did however get to visit our family at the coast on Saturday, meaning we could get out for a walk along the Medway Estuary. We timed the walk so we could get the last knockings of the high tide, and it was a lovely still and pleasant day. The coast in this part of the estuary…

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Weekend Walkies

We had finally ventured out to get some petrol, now that the idiotic and selfish panic buying had subsided somewhat, so we were able to get away from the town at the weekend and into the country. We didn’t go far, just to our usual walk around the local woods, and then off to the reservoir late on Sunday afternoon to see the sunset. On Friday night, we stayed with family at the foot of the North Downs – spending…

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Not So Grim Up North

It was finally here – the little break we had been looking forward to so much. We would be staying in Northumberland, in between the National Park and the coast. The weather forecast was mixed, but favorable for the time of year, and I was looking forward to getting out with the camera, ,enjoying some some time with family, as well as just a break from the stress and strain of the South East. We drove the long-ish drive on…

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Wrong Decision

There was a choice….and I think I made the wrong one. We had very little time, and really only two familiar destinations that made sense – the reservoir, or the forest. The forest was closer, involved no motorway driving, and we hadn’t been there for a few weeks – on the other hand, the reservoir was a fair drive, in traffic, and we had only been there last week. The weather looked okay for a decent sunset……so I chose the…

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Sunset Success

After the events of our last trip to the coast, where I feel I missed an opportunity to take some great photos – I was keen to get some good new photographs under my belt. The forecast was good for some sunset photography, so we set off for the reservoir with the aim of doing some long exposures. This was also going to be my foray into full manual – I had been using auto ISO up until now. I’ve…

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Fresh Air Required

After days of hot weather, where temperatures were over 30 degrees inside our home, day and night, we decided to take an impromptu trip to the coast in the evening to try and cool off. The weather was forecast to be clear and bright, with a slight sea breeze, which would still be better than the stifling heat of the town. To our surprise, on the hour long drive to our chosen destination, the skies clouded over, hiding the sun.…

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Coastal Contrast

We spent the weekend at two very opposite and contrasting coastlines. The weather couldn’t have been more different with strong wind and drizzle on Saturday, followed by blistering heat and calm on Sunday. Saturday was spent in the north of the county, in my old home town. For part of the day we walked along the coast – only a short walk, and the weather was a bit breezy and damp. I took the camera along with me, and managed…

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Supporting JB – BTCC Thruxton

Something very different this week for us, and something to test my fledgling photography skills to the limits!! I have a couple of friends who race cars in various racing series, and for this trip, we would be supporting my friend Jack Bartholomew. Jack now races in the Porsche Cayman Islands Sprint Championship in the UK after previous racing for Lamborghini in Asia and Europe and having great success. Covid has obviously been a huge problem in the previous year,…

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Mosquito Hike

Just a quick blog today – managed to get in a short hike at the Forest, mainly for exercise, but to also get some photographs if the conditions allowed for something interesting. We hiked down into the woodland from the car park, hoping to see some wild deer, but none were about – I think the footfall had been quite high before we arrived as it was still the summer holiday period. We emerged back into the open area below…

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My Best Photograph Yet

A hike around the reservoir was the order of the day, so I took the camera bag just in case, as seems to be the ‘norm’ these days. We arrived a bit earlier than usual, wary that the evenings are drawing in a bit, and sunset is now around 8.15pm. We parked the car in the usual spot and set off anti-clockwise on our hike. The light was very low, and under the trees it was almost dark, so it…

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Quick Forest Hike

We decided last minute to go to the Forest for a hike, I took the camera in case an opportunity arose, but I wasn’t expecting much to be honest as the sky was quite bright and clear and the forecast was for it to remain that way. We parked at the top of the hill and hiked to the thicker forest, about a mile or so from the car, before heading deeper into the forest and further down the hill.…

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Estuary Sunset Walk

Back to my hometown for the weekend just gone, and I had checked the tides times and seen we were due to have a reasonable tide still present at sunset in the estuary. Near my home town, I am limited to access to the sea wall to photograph, and knew that I may not get the sunset over the water as you only really get that in June and early July. There are however some interesting wrecks and shoreline to…

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Failed Cornfield Sunset

Last night, we drove specifically to a cornfield we had seen on one of our early morning walks. I had checked the positioning of the sunset on my Sunset AR app, and it looked good to return to photograph the sunset when the conditions allowed. It wasn’t a long walk from where we managed to park the car, so we were able to get in position relatively easily. From the moment we arrived the conditions weren’t quite right for what…

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First August Sunset

Forecast looked good, sunshine and cloud forecast from 7pm to 10pm, so we headed off to the reservoir to photograph our first sunset of August. We arrived around 7.15pm, as we had a slightly longer hike to get to a new spot. I had identified a new area on Google maps where it looked like we would have an uninterrupted view down the reservoir until well after the sun had set. The parking area was busy, as it had been…

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Saturday Local Hike

Back to our local hikes, first time in ages as it had been too hot for so long now. We decided on an extended route, parking in our usual spot but venturing around some new roads. We hadn’t gone more than a few yards from the car, when we stumbled upon a pair of roe deer feeding in a meadow!! I hurriedly changed to the 70-300mm lens, and rushed some settings into the camera, and fired off a couple of…

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Birling Gap &Seven Sisters

We finally made it!! We had been planning to do a trip to this location for weeks, and various things had got in the way up until this night. We had vaccine side effects, bad stomachs, bad weather, and too many tourists all stopping us over the last few weeks – but finally we were there. The location was about an hours drive for us, so we had to time it right to leave after the traffic had died down,…

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