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Perseverance | by Noel Clegg
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2011 was a bit of a non starter for me in terms of photography, but I did manage to spend a few evenings and weekends around London trying to do some architectural work. Unfortunately, I got stopped at every corner by jumped up security guards, to the point where one threatened to detain me, to which I politely laughed in his face and made my exit.


All of this dampened my spirits somewhat, so I decided take some action. I booked last Friday and Monday off work to give myself a long weekend of photography and ventured out to a few new spots that I'd never been to before to try and get my mojo back... these included: Walton On The Naze, Dovercourt and then Deal.


The above shot was taken in Deal and funnily enough I was having quite a hard day of it. It took me nearly 4 hours to get there by train due to late runnings and cancellations, having left home at 6am. When I did finally arrive, the tide was coming in fast and was very powerful and although I don't mind wading in, it was just shaking my tripod too much... plus the cloud coverage just wasn't working in my favour. On so many occasions I nearly called it a day and headed home, but I decided to stick it out.


Then just as the sun (that I couldn't see) was setting and the tide was going out, a break in the clouds came and I got a few exposures of the pier with some nice cloud movement which got my creative juices going, so I thought I'd head under the pier to try my hand and some earlier failed attempts and emerged with this.


This shot would you believe was taken about an hour after the sun had set and there were no filters involved. This has to go down as the most fun I've had taking a shot. It was a 160 second exposure and as I was taking it, there were cars passing behind me and were actually lighting up the legs and underside of the pier, so in effect there was a bit of light painting going on in this. And, those streaks of white that you can see in the water is the reflections from the lights at the far end of the pier... I enjoyed every one of those 160 seconds...


Anyways, I've rambled on for long enough now... I hope you enjoy this as much as I did taking it.


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Aperture: f/11

Exposure: 160 seconds

ISO: 100

Camera: Canon 5D MKII

Lens: 24-105 @ 65mm

Filters: None

Processing: CS4 & Silver Efex Pro


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Taken on February 7, 2011