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Out and About Around Brighton

In between all the foxes I’ve been spending a little more time out and about with the camera. Still all in the local area, but finding new subjects and places to explore. A few days ago I decided to explore the area opposite one of my usual haunts (Sheepcote Valley) and took a wander along the tracks that run between the meadows on the north of the main road. It was an eye opener. There were some lovely views across the valley, and loads of horses in paddocks.

horse in paddock

Horse in paddocks around Woodingdean, East Sussex

portrait of horse's head

Portrait shot

white hrose

White horse with view of houses in the distance

horse

Loved the colours on this horse and the soft reflected sunlight on the distant hill

That’s an area I’ll certainly be re-visiting.

A few days later I was really bold and wandered down into Brighton proper. I did have a particular subject in mind… the murmuration of starlings that takes place at sunset around the Palace Pier, but I was there much earlier which gave me some time in the afternoon. Apart from the usual shots of the i-360, I spend an age watching the Brighton Bubble Man entertaining the small crowd alongside the West Pier. The bubbles he creates are huge. Here’s just a few shots that worked out ok. Worth stopping by if you are ever down there.

giant bubble

Child’s hand reaching up to a bubble

Giant bubble framing the West Pier

Bubbles over the West Pier (by The BubbleMan)

A cup of coffee and a slice of cake later, the sun was beginning to go down and I got ready for the main event. Sunset was at 5.16pm and at 5.00pm I was still wondering whether anything would happen. There were starlings to be seen. But nature knows its stuff and as the sun went down below the horizon, small flocks of starlings started to gather and very quickly merged into a massive flock. And then they started the sky painting. This was my first attempt at murmurations and I made a few mistakes. I should have had more of the western sky in the shot (better colours), but my aim was to also grab plenty of the pier itself for context. I tried to keep the shutter rate high (above 1/250 with a decent depth of field). Inevitably it gets more difficult as the light disappears. I’ve included shots where the classic shape of the murmuration is more evident.

murmuration of starlings at Brighton

Murmuration of starlings at Brighton Palace Pier

murmuration of starlings at Brighton

Murmuration of starlings at Brighton Palace Pier

murmuration of starlings at Brighton

Murmuration of starlings at Brighton Palace Pier

I mentioned the advantage of looking west to catch the true colour of the sunset. These were taken shortly before the sun disappeared.

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West Pier (and i360) at sunset

sunset brighton beach

West Pier (and i360) at sunset

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II. I used the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM for the horses and the EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS II USM lens for everything else.

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Brighton Marina – Colour Variants

For my final post of 2015 something slightly different… a series of colour variant shots of Brighton Marina taken from the Undercliff Walk at Rottingdean today. I’ll post some of the wildlife tomorrow, to start the year on the right note.

Brighton viewed from Rottingdean

Brighton viewed from Rottingdean – full colour

Brighton Marina with building construction in rear

Brighton Marina with building construction in rear – enhanced red/orange, muted blue

Brighton Marina with building construction in rear

Brighton Marina with building construction in rear – red/orange enhanced

Brighton Marina with building construction in rear

Brighton Marina with building construction in rear – foreground natural, background muted colour

Brighton Marina

Brighton Marina – black and white

2015 has been a bit of a strange one for me… so here’s to 2016! Cheers!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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Fulmars at Rottingdean

I’ve barely touched the camera recently, but the day was clear and I had a chance to get down to Rottingdean for an hour or so. It was windy, and the tide was coming in.

The cliffs at Saltdean (seen from Rottingdean), East Sussex

The cliffs at Saltdean (seen from Rottingdean), East Sussex

The fulmars were nestling in the wintering cliff-side nests, enjoying the relatively mild weather.

Two fulmars and a pigeon on the cliffs at Rottingdean

Two fulmars and a pigeon on the cliffs at Rottingdean

Fulmars in nesting site at Rottingdean, East Sussex

Fulmars in nesting site at Rottingdean, East Sussex

Fulmar flying along the cliffs at Rottingdean

Fulmar flying along the cliffs at Rottingdean

Fulmar (click to enlarge)

Fulmar (click to enlarge)

There weren’t many other birds of note around (herring gulls and a few black-headed gulls) so the final shot is of Brighton given a little bit of a postcard treatment.

Brighton, viewed from Rottingdean with the marina in the mid-ground and the i-sore/i-360 in the distance.

Brighton, viewed from Rottingdean with the marina in the mid-ground and the i-sore/i-360 in the distance.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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