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Week 4: Snowy beach huts under dusky skies

January 31, 2013  •  7 Comments

Icicles on beach hut, Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford PhotographyIcicles

 

The opportunity to take snowy beach landscapes doesn't come around very often on the south coast, so I feel very lucky that the snow blizzard finally stopped, and gave me a 60 minute window to capture these photographs.

I started photographing icicles on the beach huts around 4.15pm, and within 20 minutes, the sky started to darken and glow with streaks of pink.  As I walked along the beach, looking for good places to set up my tripod, I came across this lovely snowman, and decided on a low camera angle to give him pride of place on the beach wall.

 

Photo of snowman on Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  By Jenny Rutterford PhotographyThe snowman

 

Within another 20 minutes, the sky looking east towards Brighton became an intense pink, complimenting the snow and pastel colours of the beach huts.  The colours prompted me to take a panoramic of the scene.  But it was only after I'd uploaded the photos that I saw the warm reflections of distant street lights in the glossy painted doors.  This, for me, really makes the photo.

 

Snowy beach huts at dusk, Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Panoramic by Jenny Rutterford PhotographyShoreham Beach at dusk

 

After around 5 o'clock, I set the camera to take long exposures of around 30 seconds.  In the fading light, this enabled the camera to capture the full intensity of the sky colour, and produce soft, saturated skies (no photoshop needed!)

 

Snowy beach huts against a gorgeous pink sky, Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

In the photo above, I loved the footprints in the snow and warm glow from the distant lights of Brighton Pier.  The scene below was taken shortly afterwards, but facing west, towards Worthing - you can just make out Worthing Pier on the far horizon.

 

Beach huts in snow and interesting skies at dusk, Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

As the light became dimmer, I decided on one last panoramic of the coastal path behind the beach huts.  

The photo below comprises two separate exposures, each 30 seconds long (and later stitched together in Photoshop).  While I was making the first exposure, a runner came past at speed, carrying a torch.  By happy accident, the length of the exposure captured the torchlight and "hid" the athlete, creating white and blue streaks (see below).  

This is a technique known as "painting with light", which can be used intentionally for creative effect.  I have photographed a bride making a heart shape with a sparkler at her wedding - something a bit different and fun, but it does require a tripod and a patient bride!

 

Long exposure of Shoreham-by-Sea coastal path at dusk, lit by torchlight of an evening runner.  Panoramic by Jenny Rutterford PhotographyCoastal Path at dusk

 

Well, even if I say it myself, I am rather pleased with these photos - it's great when you have a vision in mind and the weather obliges!  I am thinking of entering one into a landscape competition, and would love to know your own favourites from this week's selection.  So please do comment on my blog or facebook page and let me know...

Next week:  some atmospheric black and white images of Shoreham's fishing pier - see you then!

 


Comments

Lucy(non-registered)
Gorgeous photos Jenny, added to the fact that they are making me sooo homesick : ( The snowman is the fave, but a tough decision. here's hoping our visit next Christmas will oblige with such amazing views and photo ops.

Well done!
Miss you and the beach huts!

Lucexxxx
yousuf(non-registered)
Although I am normally a sucker for red/pink skylines. I would have to go for the seaweed snowman swings it for me seeing as though the focus was on "snow on the beach". #2 would be my pick.
Liz(non-registered)
I like no.5. The sky is lovely & I like the 2 isolated lonely beach hits but with the warm glow in the background. They all look great X
Alison(non-registered)
I think #2 cos it would make a perfect Christmas card for Shoreham by Sea!
B and H(non-registered)
Love no 5, Beach Huts + post! Looks good upside down too in NZ.
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