I started my new job today, which was a bit of a shock to the system after 3 months of “holiday”.

I’ve parked in a lot of company car parks over the years, but I think this one takes the prize for “Best View” so far. Taken on arrival this morning – I was first there – that’s keen for you 😉

This post also appears in more categories than any other post mainly because it shows 2 counties. The picture was taken in Suffolk – and that’s Suffolk all the way up to the River Stour. Across the river is Manningtree in Essex.


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.


Handholding a shot for a second is not recommended…but I had deliberately set out without my tripod, I’d left it in the car…then I saw this view and thought I’d like to at least try and get this shot. I had to reduce the ISO to 50 to get the slow shutter speed and I then took a series of shots with the camera jammed against my face whilst trying not to breath 😉

You can tell this is the East coast at the moment by the size of the waves! This was taken at Walton On The Naze in Essex.


One of the most popular posts on the blog is of the beach huts at Brightlingsea.  Walton on the Naze, (which is 15 miles east of Brightlingsea) also has beach huts but, rather than the standard one long row across the front, these are located in a row of terraces which I’ve not come across before (although I will admit that I am in no way an authority on beach huts).


In many respects the underside of the Walton Pier was more interesting than the top side…or maybe that’s just me.

This picture is made up of 9 original shots combined in an HDR (high dynamic range) image. The image was then styled using On One’s Perfect Photo Suite 6…so now you know 😉


I visited the Essex Seaside today, specifically, Walton on the Naze. I was particularly drawn to Walton for its pier – a nice long wooden one, albeit with a remarkably garish orange front area where the amusement park is. Now, I do understand mid December on a week day is not going to be peak time for such an attraction (one of the reasons I visited today), but there is something quite depressing about an amusement arcade that is bereft of…well…amused people.

In true British fashion, the good weather – light cloud and sunshine that was forecast –  just meant it wasn’t too cold and it didn’t rain…but was intensely grey.

Here’s a view of the pier looking back towards the town of Walton on the Naze.