Welcome to Sussex Vistas Landscape Photography
Welcome to Sussex Vistas, my online portfolio of spectacular landscape photographs
from around Sussex (and occasionally beyond). We are spoilt with fantastic scenery
in the Sussex county, from the South Downs and coastal stretches to idillic villages
and forests set in heart of the Sussex countryside. Our professional photographs
of Sussex landscapes are available for purchase in the form of either limited edition or open edition
fine art prints.
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Periodically I will update the featured photograph and give you the story behind
the picture. I will discuss a little bit about the subject and detail the reasons
behind the choices I made and settings I opted to use.
Eastbourne Pier at Sunrise
Taken in December this photograph is probably one of my favourites of 2008 and will
soon be gracing my bathroom wall as an acrylic print. We wanted something to brighten
up our newly decorated bathroom and the perfect choice was an acrylic print which
will withstand the humidity of the room and will provide a bright modern finish.
I will post some photographs once I have had it made and got it fixed to the wall.
During the end of November and December I made a number of early morning visits
to the seafront at Eastbourne with the aim of capturing the pier during sunrise.
I planned my visits to arrive at the seafront about one hour before the sun was
due to rise as the best views often appear before the sun actually peaks over the
Sunrises are always a bit hit and miss and until that magical time you have to sit
tight and hope that it will perform for you. On some visits there was little to
see with no cloud to reflect the sunlight and this resulted in a rather unexciting
set of photographs. At other times the effort of dragging yourself out of bed it
rewarded with fantastic colours and patterns in the sky. At this time of year it’s
not particularly pleasant in near zero degree temperatures and it’s a good idea
to rap up in multiple thick layers. Fortunately I have a set of gear I use during
winter rallies which provides reasonable warmth for this type of photography.
On this occasion I’d checked the local tide tables and had made my visit with the
intension of using the damp sand at low tide to display some reflections of the
sky. After spending some time working on this concept I made my way closer to the
pier to get this angle with the groyne in the foreground.
I wanted to use the angles in the scene to pull the eye into the frame and opted
for the wide end of my 17-40mm lens to get the composition I wanted. In this particular
shot I was working at 20mm which equates to 26mm when taking into account the crop
factor of my 1D MKIIN. A goal of mine was to see some of the sky below the pier
through the supports and the low tide allowed me to get down the beach sufficiently
to present this angle.
My other objective was capturing some movement in the water and to do so I needed
as slow a shutter speed as possible. Since the sun had already risen at this point
I used a combination of settings to achieve a suitable shutter speed.
Firstly I set my ISO to 50 which turns the sensor to its least sensitive setting.
I nearly always work in aperture priority (Av) mode for landscape photography and
chose an aperture of F/18 to allow only a small amount of light through the lens.
This also helped to increase the depth of field for the shot.
The final tool in my arsenal was a Cokin ND filter which sits in front of the lens
and blocks some of the light reaching the lens to again allow a longer shutter speed
to be used. After all of this the camera was metering for a 2.5 second exposure
which although not as long as I would have liked would at least allow me to capture
some movement in the sea.
Working as always on my tripod I set up as close to the edge of the waves as possible
since I didn’t want to include and sand in this shot. In fact when the waves came
in they surrounded me and the tripod in an inch or two of water. I used mirror lockup
and a shutter release cable to ensure the sharpest possible photograph and timed
my shots to fire just as the stronger waves were nearing the shore. In this shot
the timing was perfect and caught the movement of the wave as it withdraw from the
This image did not require too much editing in post processing but I did end up
combining three exposures in order to get a good balance of detail in both the shadows
and highlights which matched the scene as it appeared at the time. After combining
the exposures I worked on levels and saturation a little, again to reflect the scene
as accurately as possible.
I’m really pleased with this photograph as it all came together as I had imagined
and captures Eastbourne pier in a different light to a lot of other photographs
I have seen.