These were taken with the camera being held an inch or so above the sand, a perspective that most people would never see (unless they were lying on wet sand for some reason). I quite like the way the pictures turned out. (Click to enlarge)
This photo was taken when travelling on the ferry from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth. The Type 45 Destroyer cruised very slowly into the Solent, and never got close enough for me to pick out much detail even at full zoom. As such I couldn’t make out the number on the side to tell me the name of the ship.
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It was a bit windy the other day, so I went to the beach to take some pictures. As usual there were lots of gulls hanging around the fishing boats. This one was wearing an expression of mild concern, either about the weather or me creeping up on it.
Looking down from the top of the shingle at Pett Level Beach I spied this lady walking her dog and liked the contrast between the beach and the sea. Typically the dog decided to show his backside to me just as they passed the middle of my viewfinder! Click to view the photo larger in Flickr.
Finally, a couple more pictures from the other side of the Harbour Arm. The trick here was to get some photographs before the lens got covered in spray. It’s exhilarating being so close, hearing the waves crashing and feeling the spray on your face (and tasting the salt when you lick your lips).
Not all of the fishing fleet was in, you can see the drag marks of a few of the boats to the left. When you need to make a living a bit of wind doesn’t get in the way.
In this shot I wanted to convey how small the beach looks when the sea is as rough as it was today.
In it’s 1970’s heyday Hastings Pier had a steam boat still gave tourists trips from the end of the Pier, a theatre, concert hall, amusements and a zoo. According to the Hastings Chronicle, when the zoo was closed a charity brought some of the animals including 10 hens and 20 rats. You can tell it was a good zoo. Hastings Pier also played host to some of the great music acts including the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix and Pink Floyd.Â It has also featured on some more recent music videos including Ash’s “Tracers” and Kingmaker’s “Queen Jane”.
These pictures show the damage caused by the fire to Hastings Pier’s top surface, and the intricate ironwork that makes up it’s structure. Although taken at midday, there was sufficient sea mist to create some nice sunrays through the gaps in the wood work.