• Oil platform I think? Or lights on the Isle of Wight?
  • Locals will spot that this one is a PS addition... sorry... it just needed something on that side of the frame to balance it.
  • A couple of comments questioning the horizon - it does look off, but, with this as a guide, I do think it is correct!

Seastate (Peverill Point & Rain), Swanage

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This is one from an ongoing series trying to catch the ferry going along the horizon in long exposure. I'm only down in Swanage once every couple of months and with weather, tides and daylight hours all varying, it's taking a while to catch it. The timetable seems to have changed, so I missed it again.

Out at night, with a high tide and thick rain thrashing against the rocks, I shot this one anyway, and kept it for the impression it gives of the storm - that purple sky is SOOC. By the time I'd finished (this is a twenty minute exposure!), the tide had trapped me on the point and I had to climb up the crumbling defense tower to escape.

The more I take pictures, the more I realise bad weather outclasses good every time. I'm lucky now to have a supposedly weatherproof camera, but I also protect it with a thick bubble wrap sheet clipped on with a flexible ruler!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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  1. Sampa beautifulworld 41 months ago | reply

    excellent shot.....

  2. janefk - slowly catching up :) 41 months ago | reply

    Great composition Matthew, it looks dream-like and kind of surreal - I really enjoyed this capture! Cheers - Jane :)

  3. Mio~ちゃん 41 months ago | reply

    Simply extraordinary!! What a stunning capture - the water seems like mist! The Mysterious lights at the horizon are so eye-catching!!! Superb!!!

  4. noompty 41 months ago | reply

    This is so surreal, like a model. Congratulations on Explore.

  5. Bob Noble Photography 41 months ago | reply

    This is a great photo...congrats!

  6. chimkudo 41 months ago | reply

    Fantastic :D

  7. HariKrishnan/ഹരികൄഷ്ണൻ 41 months ago | reply

    Nice patience! 20 minutes?
    Good shot! Love the rocks in the scene!

  8. ikonoki 41 months ago | reply

    That's a good idea with the bubble wrap. The stormy night atmosphere makes for a very interesting feel. I think in general, it almost always seems to add to the 'interestingness' (based on my perception, not Flickr algorithms) of a photo when conditions vary from what we usually see. Very well done.

  9. stephen staples 41 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot wish I took this one love your work

  10. Nicky Doyle 39 months ago | reply

    WOW great work

  11. Yellow_cam 37 months ago | reply

    Spooky shot! Waiting for that ghost ship to arrive :). Nice one!

  12. B*i*B 32 months ago | reply

    Wow. Fantastic long exposure!!

  13. back ~ catching up ... 32 months ago | reply

    absolutely stunning shot :-)

  14. G.Toma 31 months ago | reply

    Magic picture!

  15. adam1801ng 25 months ago | reply

    Excellent le works. Like your detail story for this shot. I really feel your passion through the lines.

    BTW, thank you for your visit to my photostream. ^^

  16. TimsPhotos2013 [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

    WOW, amazing image.

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