I had a job interview in Suffolk today so took advantage and drove up the coast to Sizewell to have a look at the Nuclear Power Station there.

I spent a lot of my youth listening to various punk bands rail against nuclear power and, particularly Sizewell B, which was being built in the mid 80’s, so it was very interesting for me to visit, and I’m glad I did. It’s a bit of a photographers dream the area, you have the nuclear power plants (Sizewell A and Sizewell B), you have the sea, you have a couple of, on first glance, oil rigs close in, lots of rare plants and then various fishing boats and winding paraphernalia to photograph.

The weather wasn’t the best today…but that helped – the dark clouds giving a more oppressive feeling to the area…and it only rained  little on me, which is always good.

Todays main picture is a long exposure of these two off-shore platforms looking away from the power station.

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It was the first night of the summer program for the Bishops Stortford Camera Club tonight. We visited some woods by Perry Green where there have been plenty of bluebells, however the vast majority are well past their best so we made do with Brian setting himself on fire as a prelude to next weeks sparks evening.


I visited the old church at Chickney this afternoon and took some long exposure shots as the clouds were nipping by at a good pace…I wasn’t satisfied with the pictures I was getting so popped inside and shot that for a while. Thing is, I’ve photographed this church a few times now and I really wasn’t getting anything new so I decided to have a look at the back of the Church and found a path through a field of growing wheat. I wandered off and found myself at this lovely small boating pond and set up to shoot some long exposures here.

As tends to happen a lady soon arrived wanting to know what I was up to, turns out I’d wandered onto private land. The lady was very nice about it and was happy for me to carry on and I’m really grateful that she did as I got this cracker.

I’ve included the colour version as well which has a completely different feel to it – let me know in the comments which one you prefer.

If you’re wondering the shot was taken with my 10 stop ND filter along with a 0.6 ND grad filter for the sky. This gave a 2 minute exposure time.

The Mooring


I did one of these spiral light trail shots in my first 365 a couple of years ago. I’ve been meaning to have another go for a while.


Despite living in the middle of Essex it is quite surprising just how much of the sky and the stars you can actually photograph. This shot was taken during the Bishops Stortford Camera Clubs studio evening. It was really busy inside so a few of us braved the cold and gathered on the edge of the cricket pitch to do a bit of light painting, light trails and sky shots. Bear in mind this is on the Herts Essex border and the planes fly past to land at Stansted Airport just a few miles down the road – dark skies they are not 😉


I’ve published a couple of pictures of the lighthouses at Dovercourt before, but none in colour before.

This was taken using my smaller Sony NEX7 camera whilst I was photographing the lighthouse with my main Nikon D800 camera. The D800 was taking a long (4 minutes or so) exposure which means a lot of standing around twiddling of thumbs whilst you wait for it to finish (and once it’s taken the picture you have to wait the same time again as the camera does its noise reduction magic). Whilst this was going on I was taking shots with the NEX7 and got this one which I really like…hope you do too.


Bought for me by my father on my 21st birthday, it needs a little maintenance and a good clean…as do most of my watches…I do seem to be a bit of a graveyard for watches. Yesterday’s watch was shot in normal room light. Tonights shot was lit with a small torch – a technique known as light painting.


18Dec

353/366 T-Junction

Camera Club finished for Christmas last week but a few of us gathered in Spellbrook to take some light trail pictures. Well, OK, we went to the pub as well 😉 I liked this one because the lights make the T of the T-Junction…if that makes any sense 😉

T-Junction