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Timing is everything

16th February 2017

Timing is everything

I made a slightly unplanned trip down to Lyme Regis this week, to see what I could see. The tide had just turned and the sea was pretty wild with a cross shore wind that was keen to soak my camera with salt spray. I didn’t have a splash bag with me so I concentrated on looking for stuff with my back to the prevailing wind. This shot is a classic example of finding an image at the wrong time. I’ll go back because I think there’s something here. If I’d been there twenty minutes earlier the sea would have been covering the slipway, also I’d rather be there on a cloudy day as the shadows of the railing are an unnecessary distraction, both of which would have made for a cleaner shot. Due to the shot’s position I also had to cant my tripod over so it was touching the railings where I was standing. The high wind was making the railings ‘buzz’ so the long exposure I was after would have been spoilt by movement. It should be a simple shot to get, but you still need the right tide, the right sea, the right light and the right wind. As always, timing is everything. Better luck next time.

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