Today’s post – a different view of the Solent, are a number of picture taken either on the Isle of Wight ferry or from the Island looking back across the Solent towards the New Forest coastline – so a different view than normal. The weather was misty, and slightly over cast and the images on the whole lacked colour and punch so I thought they would be perfect to convert to monochrome.
Above the view from the ferry, a leading line of boats coming out of Lymington Harbour captured on the Canon 60D. This camera is significantly lighter than the 7D I have been using more recently, has less focal points to work with and feels clunkier … the upgrade I made was worth it – but it was a great starting point and it still takes great photos.
This is the view of the pier at Yarmouth looking out into the Solent -with grey skys and a cold choppy sea it was quite a bleak day. I choose an aperture of F11 and focused mid way along the pier so that I had a good depth of field in my image and gain thought about the leading line through the image.
As I walked around the corner I saw some trees and routes just lying in the solent having been eroded from the cliff, it was amazing how the details of the branches and routes were still there and yet at the same time being constantly eroded by the tide. I am use to trees in the forest left to erode … so to see them lying on the bed of the Solent was a different idea.
The view behind was equally interesting – the house to the left looked more like an RNLI building (which it wasnt) than a family home and it was interesting to see everyone’s mini jetty’s so that they had access to the water.
The two images above are exactly the same shot – the first straight out of camera – the view from the Island towards Hurst Castle and the New Forest, you can see how misty it was and how similar all the colours are. In the image below I used the Lightroom Dehaze tool which adds contrast and pulls a lot more detail from the scene – it is amazing how much clearer Hurst Castle is once Lightroom has worked its magic!
The final image is of the Needles – I am a lot closer than normal, I have used the dehaze button a little and added some clarity on the rocks – I normally view the needles from a lot further away… so it is lovely to view them from a different angle.