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Creatures Of Habit | by Andy Brown (mrbuk1)
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Creatures Of Habit

(Explore #39)


Shot at Berrow Flats in North Somerset, these groynes form an intriguing array as they meander out to the sea. There are many angles to explore here, but if you fancy a visit be warned - The Flats are well named! The tide was out upon my arrival yet when it comes in it comes in fast, having very little discernible gradient to climb. The saving grace is this solitary line continues almost all the way to the rear of the beach until it meets dunes, meaning other points of view exist, unless (like me) you want to capture the regularity of these square posts nearer the front.


You can see a previous shot from even further down the line here:


There are ruins of a sunken boat close by that I'd intended as my primary subject, yet I was ill-prepared for the speed of the incoming water. Tackling two to three minute exposures is difficult with a wide angle lens when the sea is snapping at your ankles and tripod! The wreck can wait for another occasion, although I think I'll use a mid range zoom next time to buy me some extra minutes. I just need to think of a way to provide a sense of scale now as it's deceptively large...


Incidentally, I'm actively seeking new locations (as ever) that may suit my minimalist seascape work. If you happen to know of a hidden gem in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset then please get in touch - I'd love to hear from you and if it's on your doorstep and you'd like a finished print foc by way of my gratitude (if I'm lucky!) then do let me know.

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Taken on March 16, 2011