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Week 8: Morning walk along the River Adur

March 05, 2013  •  2 Comments

On the last day of a quite frankly miserable week of grey skies, I gave up hoping for better weather, put on a raincoat and grabbed a plastic bag for quick camera protection.  I decided to simply walk a round trip along the River Adur, starting at one end of the Railway bridge, across the lovely wooden tollbridge, and back to the other end.

 

Railway Bridge over the River Adur, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

For the first half-hour, it was simply too wet to get my camera out, but as it eased to a fine drizzle, I clambered down the river bank, underneath the railway bridge, accessible only at low tide.  The sodden mud made it impossible to put up a tripod, so I just handheld a few shots, which I later converted to an almost black and white image, to emphasize the structure and moody nature of the weather.

Continuing along the river back, I walked a mile or so to the Old Shoreham Tollbridge.  The drizzle had stopped, and the storm clouds enhanced the green of the rising water.

 

View towards St Nicolas Church, from the River Adur footbridge, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

In the image above, the lines made by the wooden fence lead you to St Nicolas Church, Old Shoreham.  Below is the view from the opposite side of the bridge; the buildings on the far horizon, to the right of the picture, are those of Shoreham Airport.

 

View downriver from the Adur River footbridge, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

At one point, the sun briefly broke through the clouds, and I captured its reflection in the river (below).  There is a 'rule' in photography never to put a horizon line centrally in an image;  here I deliberately broke the rule as I liked how the two halves of the picture seem to mimic each other in shape and contrast.  This was emphasized further by converting to black & white.

 

Stormy light reflected in the Adur River, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

And finally, as the drizzle returned, I set my camera to the slowest possible shutter speed the ambient light would allow, and waited for a train, to add some movement and interest to the image.

 

Train on Shoreham Rail Bridge, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  Photo by Jenny Rutterford Photography

 

Not the most inspiring of weathers, but hopefully I captured some of the atmosphere of a drizzly Shoreham walk along the river!  Next week's blog sees the return of sunshine to Shoreham... please come back for some nautical images.

 


Comments

Alison(non-registered)
I can see the grey skies of Shoreham can be a challenge back in Britain. Nevertheless I love the mood they give to your photos.
Sharon(non-registered)
Lovely and moody :)
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