Thursday, 14 March 2013

Western Undercliff Ramsgate

Sea Defences Western Undercliff Ramsgate
As the sun decided to show its face today I took the camera down to the westcliff at Ramsgate. Got a few shots using the Big Stopper and a graduated ND filter combined. The mono conversion was done with Silver Efex Pro 2.


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Grove Ferry

Grove Ferry Inn

Took a drive down to Grove Ferry today, parked in the car park at a cost of £1 for the day. There is a nice picnic area here and of course the Grove Ferry Inn, serving a range of drinks, snacks and meals.

Hold on to the Buoy

I had a quick look around the picnic area and made a mental note for when the weather improves as it might be a nice place to come sit and relax and watch some of the small boats go by that are moored here all year round. The picnic tables had a raised metal shelf on one end which I can only assume is to facilitate the use of the disposable BBQs .

Stodmarsh Lake

I then found my way to the other side of the road and along a public footpath for Stodmarsh.
I walked along this path for a fair distance and along the way came across a couple of lakes where I assume all the birds and bird watchers like to come. I am no twitcher but the area is very tranquil. I again make a mental note as it could make a nice early morning sunrise shot or a late evening sunset location, will have to do some research to find out the best time of year to come for either of the shots. I am not sure how far you can go along this path but it goes a fair distance, I decided to turn back before the path ended and headed back to the car to change my boots and head home.


Sunday, 3 March 2013

South Foreland Lighthouse

South Foreland Lighthouse

Today my wife and I took a drive down to St Margret's Bay near Dover, and walked along the cliff top. When we arrived here at South Foreland Lighthouse the weather was almost nice, I even made comment on the ay there that I was getting a little to warm. Its been a long time since I said that outside !

South Foreland Lighthouse
South Foreland Lighthouse Mono

Sadly on arrival we discovered that its not actually open until next weekend so the tea we were looking forward to would have to wait till we returned. This was the first time we had walked to the lighthouse and we hope to make the effort to do it again as its a great location for lazing around with a picnic on those warmer days you may remember!

Approaching South Foreland Lighthouse
The following information is from the Wikipedia website

Friday, 1 March 2013

The Old Neptune Whitstable, Kent

The Old Neptune, Whitstable

Had nothing planned for today and just sitting around indoors drives me crazy so when the rain eased off I thought I would grab the camera and head out.

I ended up along the seafront at Whitstable, which was a little fresh to say the least !

This was one of the shots that I took and when I looked at it in camera I thought It was ok. When in lightroom I applied a letterbox style crop to enhance the composition but I still wasn't happy. I wished there was some cloud movement but as I took the shot at 1/320th  F/8.0 ISo 100 there was no chance of any movement !

I took the shot into photoshop and made some adjustments including making a selection of the sky and applying a radial blur to give the impression of movement and did the same with the sea but applied a motion blur effect to balance the image,

Used silver efex pro 2 for  the mono conversion and a few other tweaks later I was happy with the result.

Glad to be back indoors in the warm now !

Long Exposure


Bermondsey Underground Station

Bermondsey Underground Station

Bermondsey tube station is a London Underground station. It is situated in the eastern part of Bermondsey in the London Borough of Southwark, and so also serves the western part of Rotherhithe.

The station itself was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and was originally intended to have a multi-storey office building sitting on top. London Underground have yet to realise this second phase of the scheme.

It is on the Jubilee Line, having been built as part of the Jubilee Line Extension between London Bridge and Canada Water stations. It is notable for its extensive use of natural light. The main station entrance is situated on the south side of Jamaica Road. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2.
The station was opened on 17 September 1999

Like its extension counterparts, Bermondsey station was designed with a futuristic style in mind by Ian Ritchie Architects. Extensively using natural light, it is built in both a cut-and-cover and tube design. The cut-and-cover section is supported by latticed concrete beams allowing light to penetrate to the platform level. The escalators down to this area are lined by flat concrete with a high ceiling to give a feeling of spaciousness. The bored section is encased with metal to keep in line the futuristic and metallic theme of the extension. As with all other deep level stations on the Jubilee Line Extension, Bermondsey station has platform edge doors for passenger safety and comfort

Thanks to Wikipedia for the info.

I like the modern cold steel with the blue accent lights running down the escalator.