Archive for the ‘Beach’ Tag

Pett Level Beach   4 comments

Looking down from the top of the shingle beach at Pett Level I spyed this lady walking her dog and liked the contrast between the beach and the sea. Typically the dog decided to show his backside to me just as they passed the middle of my viewfinder!

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Strong Winds 3   6 comments

Finally, a couple more pictures from the other side of the Harbour Arm. The trick here was to get some photographs before the lens got covered in spray. It’s exhilarating being so close, hearing the waves crashing and feeling the spray on your face (and tasting the salt when you lick your lips).

Not all of the fishing fleet was in, you can see the drag marks of a few of the boats to the left. When you need to make a living a bit of wind doesn’t get in the way.

Strong Winds 2   6 comments

Following the photos I took in my last post, I walked closer to the Harbour Arm. Here the incoming waves are forced into the dead end it makes and increase in size and force, creating the drama seen here.

Distant Rain   5 comments

The past 17 months have seen the driest conditions on record in the East of England, and the South East isn’t fairing much better. This report from the Environment Agency shows that river flow, reservoir and ground water levels are well below what is considered normal. The report suggests the measures that might need to be taken if we do not get significant rainfall in the near future, with vague terms such as ‘customer restrictions’ and ‘efficiency education’ being mentioned. I don’t think we are near the Great Drought of 1976 yet, but if this goes on for a few more months that may change.

Ghosts of the Pier   12 comments

When looking at old structures or places I always try and imagine what they were like in the past. I found a website (via a WordPress Blog whose name escapes me) that combines photos of World War 2 and splices them into photos taken today. The website is by Sergey Larenkov and I strongly recommend that you take a look at these moving and evocative pictures.

His work has inspired this post. It seemed a relatively simple task at first, all I needed was a decent quality picture of the pier in it’s prime, then take a photo of the pier from the same view. It wasn’t as simple as that!

Finding old pictures of the pier is easy enough, but finding one that shows the pier in the context of it’s setting and also with a decent crowd is harder. The next problem is to find a jpeg of sufficient quality to enable a reasonable sized image. I eventually found two likely candidates.

The next problem was to work out where the old picture was taken from, which is easy to estimate. The first shortlisted photo I couldn’t recreate as a large block of flats has been built that partially blocks the view. So I’m down to this photo, which was taken from the steps leading up to White Rock Gardens. The final part of the process is to take a photo that captures the same scene, but is also taken at the same height and angle of the original. The photo I finally used was one of several I took from varying positions. In the end the main guide was the curve of the roof and the alignment of the turrets on the right hand building.

The original picture I found on the Hastings Chronicle history of the pier, which contains the full story of the pier from concept to present day. The scene shows a concert being held in the early 1960’s.

And here is my duplicate shot of the pier today. I added a couple of modern day cars from the unused photos to add some contrast to the old ones.

Hastings Pier, part 3   4 comments

Venturing further under the pier, the noise of the sea and my feet crunching on the pebbles increased as it was reflected back off of the metal work, decking and concrete. The sound of the traffic above was drowned out, and although busy with people on the promenade I felt as if I was in a completely different place. Perhaps that’s one of the best things about taking photographs, is that in the quest to find a different angle or shot you end up in the places few other people go.

Of the photos I took that day I prefer this one the most. What do you think?

Hastings Pier, part 2   5 comments

In it’s heyday the pier played host to some of the great music acts including the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix and Pink Floyd. It has also featured on some more recent music videos including Ash’s “Tracers” and Kingmaker’s “Queen Jane”.

These pictures show the damage caused by the fire to the top surface, and the intricate ironwork that makes up it’s structure. Although taken at midday, there was sufficient mist to create some nice sunrays through the gaps in the wood work.

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