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Chemical Beach (Explore #1)

Chemical Beach. What a fantastic name. If you want to photograph a place with a truly heroic ring to it, this is the one for you. And better still, if you wander down the coast for less than a mile, you’ll come to Blast Beach. I mean, come on- think about it. When your non photographer friends ask where you’ve been for the weekend, this all just sounds so…epic. I guarantee that just saying the words will make you feel like a Victorian explorer.

 

Ok, so I wouldn’t choose to paddle in the sea here but the sheer array of industrial detritus makes this whole area a complete playground for anyone with a camera. And look, someone has left an old pair of train wheels in the surfline for us. This is brilliant.

 

In fact the only slight issue, apart from the worries about tetanus and poisoning, is that access isn’t particularly easy in the dark. But you know, I haven’t broken both legs in separate accidents this year by sitting on my couch*.

 

So, I hope you enjoy sunrise at Chemical Beach. Possibly the only place that requires disposable wellies.

 

*this is not a health and safety endorsement.

 

Technical: Nikon D810, NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4 at 22mm, 0.6 seconds, ISO 64. Combination of 0.9 and 0.6 Formatt Hitech hard and soft grads. Cable release. Gitzo GT3523LS with FLM CB-48 II ballhead. 2 Freddo bars and an unidentified sweet found in the bottom of my coat pocket.

 

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Taken on November 24, 2017