Full of cold today with a banging head and a sore throat…so took off into a good strong breeze and walked down the Suffolk coast from Stutton to Lower Holbrook…kill or cure! I’m not a birder and never know what I’m looking at (and don’t really have the kit, skill or application to photograph it particularly well). These may be Grey Plovers, but are probably seagulls! I saw a heron in flight as well.

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Poor weather is a pain, but with it you will usually get some striking sunsets – this evening was no exception.


There has been a unifying theme to many of the images I have taken this week – lines – as part of a course I’m doing – this represents curved lines – I’d actually spotted this shot a few days ago but couldn’t take it because of the poor weather – today – with plenty of sunshine I captured the shot just as I wanted to. Pretty much everything is curved here – OK – the telegraph poles aren’t, the the lines between them are.


We’ve had a great Autumn, but the weather is definitely closing in now. Rain all day today, with just the briefest of pauses…and I was lucky enough to be out at Alton Water on Lemons Hill when that pause happened…but it really was not a pleasant day to be stood on an exposed bridge…even all the birds had hidden themselves away.


Tuesday found me mooching around Woolverstone Marina…there’s some money here, let me tell you! A wide range of boats from modest yachts all the way up to very impressive cruisers that must have cost a fair penny. I was kind of surprised (but grateful) that I could just wander down onto the Marina and photograph as I pleased.

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A few months ago I took a shot from the works car park – here’s another shot from a slightly different angle to catch the rather nice sunset we had after a day that had been quite dismal.


At lunchtime today I took a stroll around part of Alton Water in search of an Egret that I had seen the other day.

There was no sign of the egret but i enjoyed this scene with the birds on the line…one clearly had had enough and left, in what I hoped, was a huff!

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…do you see what I did there 😉

I nipped out to the post office just before sunset and grabbed this shot of some teezles overlooking the River Stour esturay at Manningtree.


I wouldn’t normally publish a photograph like this because, frankly, it’s not very good…but it excited me that, without knowing it, I had photographed a bird I’d never (knowingly) seen before, being the Lapwing. Now, I’m in no way a twitcher, but since I took up photography I have certainly become more interested in wildlife generally.

It wasn’t a great day for photography – I popped out and had been walking up the bank of the river Stour (where this was taken) when the heavens opened and in the space of 100 yards (the dash back to the car) I was soaked to the skin – trousers only this time as I did have a waterproof coat on for once.


I took a quick trot down to Lower Holbrook and my stretch of beach this lunchtime armed with my 2 cameras, one digital, one film and my 16 stop ND filter. This shot took 350 seconds to take..just short of 6 minutes. You then have to wait another 6 minutes whilst the camera sorts out all the noise issues this length of exposure takes – so in all the actual physical taking of the photograph took 12 minutes, give or take. I was going to turn this black and white…in fact I did, but didn’t like its look so reverted it to colour.

Whilst I was waiting for the digital camera to do its stuff I finished off my first black and white film with my new, old film camera. Hopefully this will be winging its way to be developed tomorrow, I can then gaze at a bunch of blank pieces of card as I try and work out what went wrong 😉

Because things regularly go wrong…I took a second long exposure shot after this one…but forgot to cover up the eye piece viewfinder  meaning that light leaked into the camera and ruined the second shot…it was then time to pack up and dash back to work…