Day 88 – Location Exploration

Following on from the long exposure and night time images I have been taking recently – I really want to take some photos of Southampton docks and the cranes there at night – I have seen some photos similar at camera club and it is one of those locations that I would like to try for myself, however as I don’t know the area very well, I wanted to go and explore in daylight first and see if it was the right location, how accessible it was and what equipment I would need.

Container Port - ISO 100, F8, 1/400 sec - 17-70mm lens taken at 38mm
Container Port – ISO 100, F8, 1/400 sec – 17-70mm lens taken at 38mm
ISO 100, F22, 1/50 sec - 31mm, ISO 100
ISO 100, F22, 1/50 sec – 31mm, ISO 100

I even had a go at a panorama.

Panorama at Ealing, stitched together in Photoshop.
Panorama at Ealing, stitched together in Photoshop.

I came away from my shoot today thinking:

  • I need to check the tide times – there will be more water when the tide is in – it was out today and this would give more water for the reflections I hope to capture.
  • Wellies, a good torch and a companion are essential it is quite a dark isolated spot.
  • A tripod is essential, which means shutter release cable and my 17-70mm lens would be great.
  • It might be interesting to revisit in daylight too with my 500mm lens to capture the reflections on the doom building at the end of the dock and some of the wildfowl.
  • A smaller aperture would be better to maximise the depth of field, and the second photo would have been much sharper if I used a tripod.

Whilst I was there I also explore a little and discovered that Ealing Harbour was a pleasant location too – but again it would probably look better if the tide was in, turning it to monochrome make it look like a timeless location, the further I explored – the variety of scenery that was on offer – all these photos were captured within 1/2 a mile of each other – it just proves to show it is always worth exploring and looking behind you, and that you never know when the weather is going to change as it the last photo it is just starting to rain.

ISO 100, F18, 1/50 sec - taken at 28mm and converted to black and white - Ealing Harbour
ISO 100, F18, 1/50 sec – taken at 28mm and converted to black and white – Ealing Harbour
ISO 100, 21mm focal length on 17 -70mm lens, at F18, 1/80 sec - the view from the Ealing Toll Bridge of the harbour
ISO 100, 21mm focal length on 17 -70mm lens, at F18, 1/80 sec – the view from the Ealing Toll Bridge of the harbour
It's behind you - the other side of the Toll Bridge - F18, 1/60 sec, at 17mm focal length on the 17-70mm lens
It’s behind you – the other side of the Toll Bridge – F18, 1/60 sec, at 17mm focal length on the 17-70mm lens
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2 thoughts on “Day 88 – Location Exploration

  1. Another place to try is the pier/walkway in Southampton, near to the Red Funnel terminal. I got some nice shots there. Usually fishermen on there at night as well. Other places to look at are the city walls which are lit up at night too. Hopefully this link will take you there! https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/National+Cycle+Rte+23,+Southampton/@50.892627,-1.405525,3a,75y,71.63h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1scjzWcZgTpyEUpVHcWY1XdQ!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x487476cf2013e41b:0xdefd00f9bbe127a!6m1!1e1

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