I really think we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. You could drive right past without noticing, but stop and take a look at what is waiting to be discovered…
To be truthful you can’t actually drive past us because we are a peninsula, but I’m sure you understand what I mean. If you don’t get out and look – and I mean REALLY LOOK around wherever you are, then scenes like this simply go unnoticed.
Last summer was really very wet but that allowed for some pretty spectacular sights when the sun did come out. This was late in the day, in late summer at a low tide on the backwaters in Walton-on-the-Naze. Right towards the end of what they call the ‘Golden Hour’ in photography. The best time of day for soft, yet contrasty enough light to give great form and colour. For those not too familiar there are two golden hours every day, that’s 1 hour after sunrise and 1 hour before sunset. The light is much softer than when it’s too high in the sky. It’s almost low enough to alter colours slightly but not to shift them too much, more a sort of enhancement. Being low it also casts shadows creating great form and texture in many elements of your image. It can be very striking indeed if you mange to frame things well and catch some good variety in the scene.
I like this one because the distance, middle ground and foreground are all strong enough in their own right to be interesting and yet each area also holds a certain tranquillity. This means (for me anyway) that they don’t dominate the image individually, but combine well to give an overall tranquil scene.