Thursday, 8 August 2013

Sundown Over Grasses, Stairs at the End of the Pier and Going Nowhere

"Sundown Over Grasses" :- Sometimes the simplest things make the best images. You don't always need complex, busy subjects or historical or interesting places. You just need to be visually aware and walk around with your eyes and minds open, ready to grab that chance or capture that moment when it arises. This was one of those moments. I was actually walking over Beacon Hill Nature Reserve (between the villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean on the south coast of England) and on my way to the beach in order to try and capture the sunset at low tide. I was halfway along when I noticed the grasses silhouetted by the evening sky so stopped and grabbed this shot en route. Simple. Effective. Beautiful.

"Stairs at the End of the Pier" :- Here is an image captured right at the back and very end of Eastbourne Pier on the south coast of England. The pier was opened on the 13th June 1870 by Lord Edward Cavendish and was fully completed two years later. The pier is unusual in that it's built on stilts that rest in cups on the sea-bed allowing the whole structure to move during rough weather. The pier is 300 metres (1000 ft) long. A 1000-seater theatre, bar, camera obscura and office suite built in 1899/1901 replaced the domed 400-seater pavilion that was constructed in 1888. The camera obscura fell into disuse in the 1960s but was restored in 2003 with a new stairway built to provide access. This is a capture of that stairway.

"Going Nowhere" :- Tranquility. Peace. Beauty. Calm. Silence. Perfection. Captured during one of the most memorable evenings I think I have ever experienced on the shores of Brighton (England). I had a feeling that the sunset and evening would offer up something to my camera so had driven into town, parked at the marina and walked out onto the Western arm to overlook the English Channel and Brighton skyline. Much to my delight a yacht had dropped anchor not too far away and was sitting deadly still upon the flat, calm and motionless waters. Then the dying sunlight hit the cloud and scattered in all directions making the sea light up with it. I stood in silence, capturing images and enjoying the sheer beauty of it all with a smile on my face. It was stunning.

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