Category Archives: Landscape

Golf Silhouettes

Every now and then I try something different as a way of extending my photography. I was out on the South Downs earlier this week, looking to see if any birds of prey were about. It was quiet so I ended up walking along a path that runs down part of a local golf course. The sun was fairly low, and there was a faint haze; but a group of golfers on a distant hill gave me what I needed. It made a change not to be chasing birds and worrying about shutter speed. For these I could turn it all down and take my time. I dialled in a little negative exposure compensation to kill the foreground (keep it nice and black) and then just let the light do its thing.

golfers silhouette

golfers silhouette

golfers silhouette

So just a short sequence while one of them played a shot and they set off down the course. It’s visually so simple, but the outlines were strong, and the light I think makes it.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Hastings Pier

Having more time to myself means that I have more time to explore different areas of photography. Yesterday I was over in Hastings and spent a short time on Hastings Pier. The pier itself is unusual in that it is essentially a blank canvas, a community space quite unlike the traditional seaside pier. It’s new and was the winner of the 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize as the best new UK building. Interesting as the design is, the pier is not proving commercially successful. Whether the minimalist approach to shared space will survive is very uncertain. The possibility is that a buyer (if one can be found) will significantly change the nature and purpose of the pier (i.e. turn it into a traditional penny arcade style of pier).

Hastings pier

The main structure on the central area of the pier

Hastings pier

Beach-hut style small workshops

Hastings pier

Hastings Pier

Hastings pier

The main structures are all very minimalist pale wood

Hastings pier

Hastings Pier view to the sea

Hastings pier

The nearest I’ll get to a selfie. The old town is reflected in the glass of the restaurant area at the shore-end.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lenses.

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Reds…

Ok, it’s a long while since I’ve simply themed a page like this, but everything here is red… (even when they don’t look like they are).

The first is a red-eared terrapin. They are feral (discarded domestic animals). The terrapins have survived for a number of years in Falmer Pond as – essentially – they are at the top of the local food chain with no natural predators. There are several, and this one is close to the size of a dinner plate. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to breed in our climate as the eggs are laid on the ground and need a consistent temperature above 25C for a couple of months.

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Red-eared Terrapin basking at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The next little sequence is another non-native species, but rather less damaging to local wildlife. This one was sharing calls with a mate (who was out of sight). It’s a red-legged partridge.

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Red-legged partridge crossing the road at at Falmer Village, East Sussex

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge basking in the sun

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge in the shade of the trees

This one is easy… red sky!

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Sunset over Woodingdean

Lastly, the inevitable red fox (to give its proper name). It’s a short sequence of Pretty sharing a markie biscuit with one of the cubs.

vixen and fox cub

Pretty sharing with a cub

vixen and fox cub

Fox cub begging

vixen and fox cub

Whoops.. they’ve dropped it

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM was used for the foxes.

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