Day 171 – Evening Sun

I headed out to enjoy an evening walk, camera and new tripod in my rucksack and my photo buddies for company. A lovely 7.5km local walk on shingle … and at first i had no inclination to take photos, the sky was grey, the light was pore and there just was not anything that grabbed my attention, and then I was blessed with the evening sun setting and was able to capture these shots.

ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 18mm zoom, F22, 1/25
ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 18mm zoom, F22, 1/25
This was the view looking back towards Keyhaven of the Lighthouse at Hurst. I was so glad I had the tripod on me, as it meant that I used the highest ISO, I also metered the light off of the foreground to ensure that I was able to capture the early sunset colours, before the clods got in the way.

ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 24mm zoom, F25, 1/15sec
ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 24mm zoom, F25, 1/15sec
I tried zooming just a tiny bit closer and increasing the aperture – but the shot was not as strong… also the light was changing very quickly.

ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 21mm zoom, F16, 1/100
ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 21mm zoom, F16, 1/100
I also tried reducing the aperture … at F16 the lighthouse seems slightly sharper… and the sun has a more rounded feel.

ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 24mm zoom, F25, 1/20
ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 24mm zoom, F25, 1/20
The reflections in the water from the sky were quite dramatic as well, so I got down low to the water with my tripod and with a larger aperture I tried to capture some of the detail in the water.

ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 18mm zoom, F22, 1/25
ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 18mm zoom, F22, 1/25
Changing location, moving my feet and my tripod and the colours were even more dramatic. I have though darkened the shadows slightly in the above image. I was so glad I had brought a new tripod! i was thinking hard about creating foreground interest, thirds and making sure I conveyed the sense of space.

ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 95mm zoom, F25, 1/25
ISO100, 18-250mm lens, 95mm zoom, F25, 1/25
With the cloud moving in quickly, I captured the glow on the water and a boat on its mooring in the evening sun, what started out as a walk with no photo opportunity in sight ended up a great evening … the available light is always changing!

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