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Tripod Travels Kent & East Sussex Landscape Photography Workshop 2017

Feb 13th 2017

A weekend of landscape photography on the south Kent and East Sussex coast is always enjoyable with so many excellent locations to enjoy and this year was no different.  

The weather forecast could not have been more inauspicious with heavy, flat cloud and sub zero temperatures being blown relentlessly in from the East.  All I could think was thank goodness I don’t live in Siberia!

Our first afternoon was spent photographing from the top of the church in Rye which offers interesting views over the terracotta roofs of this Medieval hill top town.  The prominent moss covering some of the roofs coupled with the heavy cloud persuaded me to try some infrared processing and use a quirky fish eye to capture the scene. 


For the evening we moved down into the old cobbled streets to capture lovely old houses in the fading light.


The forecast for Saturday grew increasingly grim but with challenging weather often comes surprising light and so it transpired.  A gloomy start on Saturday morning at Fairfield Church developed into a remarkable scene with (probably) the only patch of blue sky in the UK right over our location.  Sometimes your luck is in.

We moved onto Camber sands to see if the snow had settled there too and found the transient light still active there too which was a very welcome bonus.


After a hearty breakfast and a warm up we did some post production work and looked at processing skills on many of the results from the morning.

We then visited Dungeness where we used the heavy tones in the clouds to capture views from the boardwalk before retreating into the warmth as night faded in.

Our next morning was spent at Winchelsea beach shooting the dramatic cliff line, the excellent beach and the old twisted groynes.  With the cloud still hanging heavy in the sky and the only glimpse of some lighter breaks being on Winchelsea we headed back here for the afternoon.  With the tide now high we shot some alternative scenes of the moody light making use of shutter speeds to emphasise the movements in both the water and the clouds above.

I’d like to thank my group for their excellent company and positive attitude in what was challenging conditions.  I think we covered a lot despite the weather and enjoyed some real highlights, like Fairfield in the snow, that will provide very satisfying photographs.

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