It’s a rare sight to see the tide right in along the Southport and Ainsdale coast (well, twice a day, I suppose, but it goes in and out so fast…). When the tide is right up close to the dunes there is a wonderful simplicity to the view. The sea splits the sky from the marram grass with a sliver of smoothness and light.
This landscape shot was captured during one of those rare moments when the light breaks through the clouds illuminating just the sea.
I’ve added this photo to my shop page on Photobox.
Southport Marine Lake is generally a fairly flat, uninviting expanse of water, but just as the sun dips behind the Marine Way Bridge and the lights come on in the Ramada Hotel and the Funfair the water comes to life with reflections. If you time it right, the sky will have just enough light to balance the electric lights and the reflections on the water. This shot was taken at dusk, just in that magic moment when the light was perfectly balanced.
Very often less is definitely more! When attempting to capture the essence of the Sefton coast I’ve tried to reduce the elements in the image to those most evocative of the scene. For me it is the marram grass edging the beach, with the sea and sky as a backdrop that is most distinctly our coast. In looking for the kind of image that I could hang on my wall I think that detail distracts, busyness makes for a restless image. In this case a simple image is more restful on the eye, and, I think, something that will endure as a pleasing image much longer than a typical beach scene full of activity and detail.
We took a trip to the other end of the country for a few days. As it was a holiday I didn’t really have time to do much photography, but I did take my camera with me on the beach. This shot was taken hand held from the beach looking towards Brighton’s burnt pier. This pier has been the subject of many photographs, so I wanted to try and do something a little different. The shot was taken hand held, but slow enough to show movement in the waves.
Here’s a little break from the Sefton Coast with a shot of the Cornish Coast! I took a few days way down south on the South West coast of England at Fistral Beach near Newquay. The hotel room overlooked this wonderful bay, and when on the last day of my trip the clouds and sun combined to produce a wonderful sunset I was there to capture it
On the way home from visiting friends in Liverpool we stopped off for a walk around the waterfront area. The sun was setting, but there was no glorious burst of colour, just a gentle softening and deepening of the sky. Looking from the Albert Dock towards the Three Graces and the new Museum of Liverpool I could see the skyline reflected in the water producing some lovely reflections.