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.
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.
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.
I also tried reducing the aperture … at F16 the lighthouse seems slightly sharper… and the sun has a more rounded feel.
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.
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.
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!