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.
I even had a go at a panorama.
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.