450D Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC 1/395th sec at F5.7 ISO100
Finally, after a busy winter and the worst case of manflu the medical world has ever seen, I was able to get out and get some pics taken. It was just a case of get on the road and which ever way the car was pointing, then that's the way we would head. So it was north to Cromer on the north Norfolk coast.
It was a particularly windy day and when you factor in the wind chill, it must have been minus 1 maybe minus 2. Nevertheless, wrapped up and sporting my trusty woolly hat and Thermalite gloves I was warm enough. With my partner Trina also similarly attired but nursing a strained back it was agreed we would only need an hour to get down to the shoreline and back.
We parked at the main car park just next to the tourist information centre and marched off through the streets to the top of the gangway near the Lifeboat museum and navigated around the walkway above it, along to the bench's that overlook the sea. I took out my Canon EOS 450 and with a 24-70mm L USM lens fired off half a dozen shots of the pier with the Lifeboat museum in the foreground. It was incredibly windy but as I was shooting at roughly 1/250th camera shake didn't seem to be a problem.
I then turned around and moved onto the grassed area where I took a few shots of a shelter. I swapped lenses and attached my Sigma 10-20mm wide angle so was able to get in tight and bring the clouds into the shot. Fired off about 12 frames but had not really seen anything to get excited about.
We decided to head on down to the pier itself where the sea was quite rough with the waves crashing into the pier and up the slipway creating a lot of foam and a fair bit of spray. Took a few more shots from below the pier wall, still nothing to write home about. I had also taken a couple of shots from over the sea wall before reaching the slipway still with the 10-20mm attached.
I have this idea in my head of a shot I would like to get on the pier so we walked under the entrance and out onto the wooden decking. Straightaway I knelt down and started taking shots. The amount of time Trina has spent out with when photographing you would think she would know when not to walk into frame. Alas, that day has not yet arrived. Nevermind. A few more shots taken, some at standing height, some crouched with the camera low to the ground, F13 selected for good DOF. Might bag some good ones here.
By this time, even with my woolly hat on, the cold was starting to get through so we decided to head for home and have a look at the results.
Back in front of the computer, all shots downloaded, there didn't seem to be anything that jumped off the screen at me. I made some notes and as I pretty much always shoot in RAW marked off the one's I thought might benefit from some HDR treatment but that would mean the tedious task of opening each RAW file and adjusting exposure to give me the metered photos needed for HDR. Yes, I know it's not strictly the correct way to do it but it works fine if you have a moving subject such as waves etc so I was happy to compromise.
Monday evening saw me back in front of the computer and putting the shots of choice through the HDR process. First into Photomatix and then photoshop. A couple hours and a lot of tweaking of levels, vibrance, brightness etc later, I was really pleased with the result. A Cold Day in Cromer was created.
After thinking that I had come home with very little that day, I have ended up with a shot I am very pleased with. I look forward to next weekend. I wonder which way my car will be facing?