At this time of year the horizontal angle between sunrise and sunset is at its narrowest. This means that you can shoot locations that face north with the added advantage of the sun at rise and set. As you can image this opens up certain locations to light displays that you have to wait eleven months of the year in order to shoot. This has its advantages for unusual visual displays, but it also draws out the photographic cherry pickers in their hordes... Now for those that know me to some degree, I’m not one to overly enjoy others around when working, (strange really, as I love being around people and enjoy teaching very much) but when in such locations, I really do like to avoid crowds of people.
Apart from the obvious peace solitude gives you, I struggle with the mental discomfort that rushing past other photographers in order not to miss the momentary light leaves you with. (That said I do, whenever possible, make the effort to talk to them when the light fades). And don’t get me started on people walking into shot, (or for that matter me into theirs). So as you can see I find it much simpler to be alone in these circumstances, better concentration and deeper connection with the subject. So... to my point, (I hear you thinking...)
Well this evening I arrived there knowing that the tide was 70% in, but crucially it was on its way out. I knew it was quite high, so would be moving quickly out and decided to take a gamble, (well only a small one, as I’d already scrambled on the rock ledge I was attempting to conquer once before, on an incoming tide). So I nervously decided to go for it and tentatively venture my way towards the wreck as to shoot it at as high tide as possible. I wanted to try and use some kind of movement around the classic take on this location in order to try and come up with something fresh, but what I ended up doing was to exploit the simplification effects that a long exposure allowed me. (Note to self: bring ‘all’ nd filters next time).
Anyway the thing that really touched me whilst there waiting for the right light, was how alone I was, how very peaceful and isolated it was in a photographic location that on most low tides at sunrise or set their are swarms of tripods looking for that drip of honey