Pause. Breathe. Resume.


This is a whirl-wind, helter-skelter sort of week for us. We have three major events occurring in the next several days and my aim at this point is simply survival. Last night, after dropping in to visit with friends and their charming child, we threw our schedule to the wind, pulled over and dropped in to see Beachy Cove.

Beachy Cove
First shot taken with stacked ND filters and a long exposure. I actually quite like this one. I like the way the rocks and mist in the lower right creep into the picture.

When you’re in Beachy Cove, it’s very much a feeling of being in a place that no one could find you. Perfect for a spontaneous and brief escape from a week that has taken on the proportions of a poorly organized Zombie Apocalypse (and given the perceived level of organization of most of the undead, that’s saying something). My brain feels very much as though it has already been eaten, but I can’t find anyone who seems like they’re responsible. For that matter, I don’t suspect my brain would have been all that appetising, since leading into this week it felt like scrambled tofu.

In any event, we mucked around on the beach, threw rocks in water, got soaking wet (well, Katherine and I did. John was brought up strangely.)

I also had my camera handy (of course) and was fiddling around with my neutral density filters, seeing what could be wrought with the combination of sunset, very light wave action and filtration.

Beachy Cove II
A later effort, with the same filter stacking, but different aperture and shutter speed settings. While I like this one, it’s not quite what I had in my mind’s eye.

I also updated the theme for this blog last night. Not sure whether I like it or not. Time will tell…..Opinions welcomed.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. andreashesse says:

    the filter seems to add a light mist-effect in addition to the long time exposure. I find the reflections on the pebble stones quite amazing in the second picture. Great work on both pictures! 🙂

    1. VickyTH says:

      Hi Andreas! Thanks for swinging by! Actually the mist is caused by the lapping of the waves up and down the beach; they barely register in a long exposure and the effect is of a mist around the rocks. So yes, I guess the filter is causing it, or rather, allowing the camera to register the waves that way! ND filters are great fun to play with.

      1. andreashesse says:

        Thanks for the explanation, Vicky 🙂 Now, I really want to get to the sea again to try it out, too. And get my hands on a filter or too to play with them. Thanks so much for your inspiration!

  2. mjspringett says:

    I love your new theme and especially the top header photo, your photos are wonderful, i really look forward to your posts every day, thanks MJ

  3. hannifrieda says:

    I wish I had a camera which does long exposure it makes amazing photos. Or maybe I just haven’t yet found it on my camera…oh well! These pictures are fantastic the light is beautiful and the sillohette *can’t spell :S* of the cliffs look absolutely awesome!

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