Saturday, 20 December 2014

Blazing Pier, Let There Be Light and Evening Hound

"Blazing Pier" :- One of those wonderful moments where everything suddenly falls into place. The sunset hadn't looked like it was going to do anything but some clouds started to drift in as I was walking towards the famous Victorian Brighton pier. At the same time they decided to turn on the pier's lights and they suddenly sprang into life as the daylight was beginning to fail. As I got closer the clouds started to light up with the sunset behind them and as I finally got to the pier itself this was the scene waiting for me. I am often asked how I take or get so many stunning images and my answer is the same each and every time. I get up and go out. Sometimes it's a waste of time and sometimes it's not. The law of averages say that at some point the shot and moment will present itself to me ...9 times out of 10 it doesn't. On this occasion it did.

"Let There Be Light" :- Minimal and dark. Shot from Greenways in Ovingdean village (near Brighton) looking across the road and field towards the main A259 coast road known as Marine Drive. The dying sunset was just providing enough light to pick out all the lamposts whilst throwing everything else into silhouette!

"Evening Hound" :- It's all a bit clich├ęd but one really can't help feeling a bit like a Hobbit and thinking you're traipsing through Middle Earth wehn you're on Dartmoor in Devon. The landscape really is a thing of fancy that conjures up images of goblins, elves, pixies, fairies, wizards, dragons and all the other creatures and paraphanalia that accompany tales of sword and sorcery. Unfortunately the reality is far less fanciful as the only thing you do seem to encounter are rock climbers and back packers who are only armed with vast amounts of rope and an unnecessary amount of thermos flasks! Any, I digress. This image was shot as I was exploring Hound Tor which sits somewhere between between the brilliantly named Bovey Tracey and Widecombe-in-the-Moor. It's been said that this is the place that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. Hound Tor was also used as a filming location for the 1975 Doctor Who story 'The Sontaran Experiment'. It's an incredible place to walk around.

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