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Seaham Sunrise

By Hop-A-Long  
Here's a sunrise from a few years ago down at Seaham.
I remember this morning very well as it was absolutely freezing and I had parked the car at the top of the cliff and struggled down to the beach as I had forgot my trolley for my photography gear, not that I carry much, just a couple of cameras, a few lenses, batteries, filters, remote, tripod.............ahem, as you can tell, not a great deal of gear. Anyway, I was on the beach at the foot of the wall, I had set up my camera on the tripod with a nd soft grad filter fitted to balance out the sky with the land/sea.
A quick lesson in filter usage, for anyone who has not used them;
I used the appropriate level filter which I found by metering the sky and then metering the pebbles on the beach, the difference between the two is the level of filter you need to rectify the brighter subject down to meet the darker subject in the frame. You position the graduated line of the filter somewhere in between the two subjects, it will magically disappear and become part of the photograph. Then you use the meter reading taken from the darker subject in the frame to give you your exposure time.
With the filter fitted I was getting good exposure times which were giving me some nice movement in the water. Having taken a few shots I decided I was happy with the results I had captured and packed up ready to head for the car.
It was then that I found something, something that no-one ever wants to find whilst out at anytime, not just when you are frozen solid on a beach with a heavy bag of gear to haul back to the car, that just made it worse. As I closed my "small" camera bag something landed on my hand a fell onto the top of my bag, well when I say fell, it more sort of dripped. I couldn't believe it, what must have been a pterodactyl had flown over and decided to leave me with a message, it was huge, it had landed on my woolly hat, ran down onto my shoulder and arm onto my fingerless woolly gloves and then finally dripped onto my bag. The smell was horrendous, like rotten kippers. It was everywhere, on every item it had hit after being on woolly things it had followed seams, so was nicely ingrained into the stitching of those items. I had to walk back to the car looking like I had had a fight with a stinking tin of white and brown emulsion.
Finally back at the car I tried to clean up with no joy, so getting a bag for life, which was about to become a bag for the bin out the boot, I put all clothing items contaminated with pteropoo into the bag back in the boot along with my camera gear. Someone was not overly chuffed with the stench when I walked in the house and proceeded to chuck the clothes in the washer, then cleaned my camera bag at the kitchen sink.
We went to check on my elderly in laws a bit later and I relayed the story to them, Dad laughed and Mum told me it was good luck. Hmmmm, I have no idea how that is good luck, I still to this day can smell that awful aroma when I pick up my woolly hat and gloves, I know it's in my mind, but it doesn't stop me checking them anyway.

Hope you like this one, have a great day and watch for low flying pterodactyls.

Tags: Water Sunrise Filter Sun Sea Seaham Landscape and travel

Voters: DeSilver, Badgerfred, woolybill1 and 43 more

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18 Jan 2017 3:17PM
Beautiful seascape Andy,
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2017 4:18PM
Pteropoo, I must remember that.
It happened to me once in the middle of Paris. How not to look Parisian chic.
Gorgeous sense of swooooosh and suck back in the water.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2017 4:28PM
Really lovely composition, Andy. The sun and the horizon have arranged themselves most artistically for your purposes, and as for the skeletal breakwater . . .

The winged saurians are most inconsiderate. The trauma to which you and yours were subjected surpasses even that suffered by the owner of a rather expensive sports saloon parked on the harbourside at Whitby a couple of years ago: he could have grown a small forest in the guano deposited on the bonnet.

18 Jan 2017 5:03PM
Wonderful capture , excellent
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
18 Jan 2017 5:37PM
A stunning image, Andy, and the trouble you had to put up with getting the image was definitely worth it Smile
rhfoto 5 2
18 Jan 2017 6:16PM
Great stuff, Mr Cassidy, half an award for the terrific image and half an award for the story and filter tutorial. GrinGrinGrin

18 Jan 2017 7:29PM
Beautiful image *****
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
18 Jan 2017 7:33PM
Mike_Smith Plus
14 858 2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2017 8:05PM
Beautiful sunrise capture, nice composition too
DavidLaverty 10 822 Northern Ireland
18 Jan 2017 10:13PM
Great image and story
chataignier Plus
9 216 12 France
19 Jan 2017 7:52AM
Suffering for your art !!! A great story and a wonderful image, well worth the pain.

David GrinGrinGrin
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2017 1:03PM
Breathtaking... That sun is just sinking in the ocean...
Isabel GrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2242 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2017 3:53PM
Of all the places in all the world, it had to land on you!
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2017 6:02PM

bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
31 Jan 2017 11:20AM
A beautiful and Stundung capture

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