Suffolk’s Hidden Coast
I had a brilliant day re-visiting locations along Suffolk’s hidden coast last week. I timed my arrival at my first location for high tide. An added bonus was that it was the autumn equinox which leads to very high tides. There was also quite a breeze so both of these things lead to amazing waves crashing against the old, weathered sea defences.
I took a number of dramatic shots with varying shutter speeds but my favourite images were shot with a shutter speed of about 1/8 of a second. This resulted in a nice balance between blurred movement of the waves hitting the sea defences, without taking all the texture out of the water. I didn’t want a completely smooth sea because this would have taken all the drama out of the images.
My second location was down the coast and the resulting pictures have a very different feel to them. I used a 30 second exposure here to smooth the sea out this time, which I felt worked really well for this type of subject matter: “Lonely cottage sitting on a wide shingle beach with a big Suffolk sky”.
Most of the images were converted to black and white. There wasn’t a lot of colour in either scene so black and white was definitely the way to go.
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