450D Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 DC Macro 1/320th sec at F8 ISO100
I like it when on a Friday when the weather botherers tell us that it's going to be a good weekend and there will be "A dry day with typical values around 15 to 16 degrees" Why a temperature suddenly becomes a "value" I don't know, but it is good.
I'm lucky enough that I get to travel all around East Anglia during the week so I can scout out places and then go back at the weekend to photograph what I have seen. Today we went to Southwold but first we stopped off at Blythburgh as I had seen a little jetty that I thought might work. Alas, it didn't. I took half a dozen shots, converted to HDR but they just didn't cut it. (Although I didn't know this for sure until I got home and processed them). As I've said before, I generally take hundreds of shots but only a handful will be ok.
It takes a good 90 mins to get from home to that particular area so we decided to salvage the day and go and have a coffee on Southwold pier. It's a lovely place, you should go.
After having a coffee and an extraordinarily superb piece of chocolate cake we strolled out and onto the pier. I had my trusty Canon 24-70 L series lens on the old 450D, Trina was playing around with a new app for the iPhone, Hipstamatics' Disposable Camera. A fine app, we'll have a lot of fun with that through the summer!
I took a few shots across the water looking back at the lighthouse, the sun trying it's best to burn through the cloud giving us a nice display of Jacob's ladder. Sadly, again the processed pictures just not hitting the spot. Ho hum, time to change lens and hopefully fortune. We sat on a bench and I swopped over to my 70-200 L series F2.8. The amount of people that stare at that lens!
On the pier is a weird, water driven clock that you can throw your spare change at and they give it to a charity. I should pay more attention and then I could tell you which charity! At certain times during the day, the clock does something that makes people stand around and admire it. Again, I should pay more attention but the truth is I'm a people watcher, so I generally miss what's going on. I liked the fact that everybody was watching and enjoying the clock doing it's thing so I quickly fired off a few shots and this was the pick of the bunch. I decided to HDR the picture as I wouldn't normally capture a people shot in this way, HDR treatment just doesn't work close up on faces but it seems to at a distance. A tight crop and just a little hint of vignette to focus everything in. A small amount of noise reduction and some level and vibrance tweaks, we end up with a shot that maybe didn't look like much to start with but ended up with a few happy shiny people.... and one happy photographer!