Not the best morning in Sunderland today. I was going to go further afield but glad i took plan B and went to Roker. The weather was rubbish as was the so called sun rise but I thought I may as well get on that beach and get something since I was here. I knew it was going to have to be a black and white image as thats what nature was presenting me but I needed contrast as there was no light to speak of. These pools in the sand reflected the grey sky to give me the contrast thankfully so at least I came home with something.
8 years ago I started a Twitter account...and then promptly forgot about it as I couldn't figure out how to use it! A couple of days ago, I rediscovered it and am now looking at giving it a go again...if I can understand it...So if you are on Twitter and fancy following my Tweets, which may or may not all be photography related ( you have been warned hehe!), you will find me here under the guise of fletchphoto, on the link below as well as some other places you will find me on the web using those little icons thingies ;)
Happy Twittering people!
Its good to know that the sun is spending more time in bed as it gives me a chance to do the same when I want to catch a photo of the sunrise, whilst getting up at a more earthly time. Alternatively, sleeping on the beach in wait of it could work but a rather more damp option!
#dfpsunriseinbed #davidfletcherphotography #rokersunrise
Going through the images I took yesterday at Trow Rocks in South Shields with the intent on deleting all the ones that didn't quite make it on the first edit and I came across this image. When I first got to the rocks, I set up and took a few test images, as I usually do. It was then I realised that the ISO setting was in auto and the few images I had taken were set at 1000 ISO, 10 times what I usually set in this situation. So when I got to the editing I automatically bypassed them in favour of later images. I'm glad I took a second look though as this image has came out quite acceptable I think. And to think it was going in the bin!
#dfphighiso #davidfletcherphotography #trowrocks #southshields
It's getting to that time of year when the sunrise is at a more 'humane' time for me to get out of bed and down to the coast to capture it, which means autumn is on its way. The chill in the air this morning down at South Shields, re-enforces the pending season to come as I stood on the edge of an outcrop overlooking Trow Rocks waiting for the sun to give me some colour. Today is the day of the Great North Run, an annual world class half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields and the field behind me is crammed full of all the amenities required at the finish line of the race. But I am the only one on the beach and it feels like I could be standing alone on a remote Scottish Island listening to the waves while waiting for the light. Last night, I checked the weather forecast to see if it would be worth the trip out. Looking at the different cloud levels, I could tell that a cloud front was moving in from the West and would be stretching into the North sea but hopefully, not reaching the horizon at sunrise. That would leave a gap for the sun to shine its light under the cloud and, hopefully, illuminate the base of the clouds to give them that amazing orange pinkish light we all love.
And for once, my prediction were right! I could see the colour on the distance spilling out towards me and finally reaching over head just before the sun broke the horizon. Perfect. I knew that once the sun rose up, there would be a risk of some serious lens flare which could have spoilt any images I took, especially with all this sea spray about, so I opted to use one of the rocks to block it out but still retain the colour in the clouds behind.
Soon after sunrise, the colour faded into the grey of the clouds and I decided to make the short journey homeward before they closed the roads for the Great North Run. A great way to start a Sunday morning but I would rather race for a golden sunrise than a gold medal.
After an abandoned trip to the highlands of Scotland this weekend, due to heavy rain washing the road away, we still headed northwards but only to the Northumberland beaches where most of my images seemed to cry out for the mono treatment. Strangely, the last time I was on this beach, Low Newton, I came away with more mono images! It must be the minimalist feeling of a coastline with a big sky. #lownewtonmono#northumberland #davidfletcherphotography #dfplownewtonbeachere to edit.
Following on from yesterdays post...While I was photographing the hay bale image, I could hear the sound of rushing water in the near distance and desided to investigate on the way back to the car. To my surprise, a burn runs parallel to the field, hidden in the woodland and the noise was from a small weir. I managed to set up my camera and tripod at the edge of the water and grab this shot. As it was summer, the canopy of leaves blocked most of the light out resulting in a long exposure and rendering the rushing water into a milky dream like mist. Although it looks nice in late summer, I think this location would lend itself to autumn with golden leaves littering shoreline. One for a return visit I think!
#waterfallphotography #slowshutterspeed #lowlightphotography#davidfletcherphotography #dfp4112
Its been a good while since my last post, so I thought I should get out and about with the camera and try and get something worth posting! Last week while at my cousins wedding I noticed some hay bales in a field opposite the wedding venue and thought it would be good to get a photo of them and the trees before the farmer clears the field. So I made the short journey yesterday evening but even though I was there an hour before sunset, the sun had already went below the tree line and the field was in full shadow. So, off I ventured again this evening but made a point of getting there 45 minutes earlier and it paid off as the sun shone lovely warm light across the field. The hard part was trying to find a good composition to result in an image that worked as the bales were spread thinly around the field. This image was one of the last I took and strangely is one of my favourites of the shoot. The sun was just about to disappear behind a bank of cloud before it even got anywhere near those trees and I managed to capture the last rays as it dulled out. It may not be the best image I have ever taken but its still worthy of showing it to you. Hope you think so too. Thanks for looking people.
#balesandtrees #eveninglight #davidfletcherphotography #dfp4098
This little church on a hill in the heart of Northumberland is a gem of a place to visit and I have done so twice this week! The first was on the Sunday, yes I know, me, going to church on a Sunday however, it was to check out the location in the hope I would be able to return to capture a sunset some time. Two days later, I found myself doing just that as the evening seemed like it may offer such a sunset already. The clouds were moving quick across the landscape and were quite broken which I hoped would allow for some dramatic light as the sun went down for the day. Strangely, there wasn't even a breeze on the hill even thought those clouds were speeding across the sky. I was the only one in the graveyard that evening, or at least I was the most 'lively' one anyway and it was a very peaceful experience.
I had already decided on the main composition I wanted due to my visit on the Sunday but I also used the time to take a few alternative shots as the sun went down including a view across the grass land towards the church and one across the valley to the distant hills as the sun cast an orange light into the haze.
Even though it wasn't the most dramatic of sunsets, I feel I came back down the hill with one or two 'keepers' on the memory card. Hopefully you do too.
Another visit to my default location for the sunset last night, the Angel of the North. It didn't really get to much so packed up and started back to the car when I bumped into a guy called Jay setting up a Chinese lantern in memory of his mother who had passed away a few years earlier. I decided to set my camera back up to capture the occasion and agreed to send the image to Jay for his memory. I took a few as the lantern floated past the Angel but I like this one the most as the lantern has timed itself nicely to be right where the heart of the Angel would be. A fitting image in memory of Jays mother I'm sure the image will look great on his wall in the coming weeks.
On another note, the meeting with Jay also seen my Facebook page reach 500 likes as he did the honours and did the click.
So a big thank you to Jay for that 500th like and a big thank you for everyone else who has supported my page and my photography over the years. Heres to the next 500 likes!