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Beach photo's (my version)

Inspired by Alf's lovely pictures on his Beach Photos thread, I thought I'd share a few of my own recent efforts from a couple of trips to North East Beaches.... (one of which is my current entry to the landscape challenge, but that may change)

Apologies to those that don't like long exposure sea!!

Chemical Beach Chaldron Wheels


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Nice set. The last is lovely and atmospheric.
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Re: Beach photo's (my version)

The posts look great.
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Re: Beach photo's (my version)

I like those a lot. The first is very surreal with the wheels.
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I like those a lot. The first is very surreal with the wheels.
Thanks, it’s the wheels that drew me to the location in the first place. It’s a very different image to what I had planned (lower water and a more dramatic sunrise) but you have to take what you can get on the day, and I do like it a lot, especially as it’s different to other images you see from there.

To catch the wheels you have to be there at a low tide, then to get this coinciding with sunrise really limits the available days to 1 or 2 per month at best, and even then some of the low tides aren’t low enough! I overlaid the tide times and heights with sunrise times for a six month period and chose the best day..... then just need to scramble down a steep bank and over tide defences in semi darkness!!

Coincidently tomorrow is a possibility if anyone is up in County Durham, although not perfect - sunrise at 6:47, low tide at 6:10, but at 2.2m it’s not the lowest of tides
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To catch the wheels you have to be there at a low tide, then to get this coinciding with sunrise really limits the available days to 1 or 2 per month at best, and even then some of the low tides arenít low enough! I overlaid the tide times and heights with sunrise times for a six month period and chose the best day..... then just need to scramble down a steep bank and over tide defences in semi darkness!!
You, Sir, are a born landscape photographer - it's all about the planning and effort. I love the wheels but the pictures of the posts really do it for me, with the gorgeous soft light and muted colours.
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Re: Beach photo's (my version)

Nice set Chris

I am not such a an of the 60 second exposure though I do use them. The old rope is not for me.
Also beware the sea will kill your trpod.



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Thanks, it’s the wheels that drew me to the location in the first place. It’s a very different image to what I had planned (lower water and a more dramatic sunrise) but you have to take what you can get on the day, and I do like it a lot, especially as it’s different to other images you see from there.

To catch the wheels you have to be there at a low tide, then to get this coinciding with sunrise really limits the available days to 1 or 2 per month at best, and even then some of the low tides aren’t low enough! I overlaid the tide times and heights with sunrise times for a six month period and chose the best day..... then just need to scramble down a steep bank and over tide defences in semi darkness!!

Coincidently tomorrow is a possibility if anyone is up in County Durham, although not perfect - sunrise at 6:47, low tide at 6:10, but at 2.2m it’s not the lowest of tides



I have fancied shootng chemical beach myself. Today could have worked for me but I am back at work tomorrow.
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Also beware the sea will kill your trpod.

I have fancied shootng chemical beach myself. Today could have worked for me but I am back at work tomorrow.
Thanks Alf.
I have given the tripod a rinse under the tap. What was a problem with the lengthy exposures though, was the tripod sinking as the tide washed past it, I had to delete a lot of shots for that. I’ve seen on YouTube people placing an old CD under each leg to prevent it, so that might be a solution in future. Do you have this problem?

Chemical beach really is an interesting spot, there’s lots to go at apart from the wheels. I can’t advise (not that you need any) on tide and sunrise coinciding beyond this month, as that’s when my chart ended. There’s no more chances this month after tomorrow though I’m afraid. Obviously if sunrise isn’t needed it’s not an issue!
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You, Sir, are a born landscape photographer - it's all about the planning and effort. I love the wheels but the pictures of the posts really do it for me, with the gorgeous soft light and muted colours.
Thanks John. I do enjoy that side of things, Iím always googling some location or other and using TPE to check out sunrise and sunset angles!
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Re: Beach photo's (my version)

I ended up buying a tripod for the beach. Not heard about the CD thing but I shoot on a rocky beach mostly.

Here is something about my carbon fibre tripod.

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I have given the tripod a rinse under the tap. What was a problem with the lengthy exposures though, was the tripod sinking as the tide washed past it, I had to delete a lot of shots for that. Iíve seen on YouTube people placing an old CD under each leg to prevent it, so that might be a solution in future. Do you have this problem?

Chemical beach really is an interesting spot, thereís lots to go at apart from the wheels. I canít advise (not that you need any) on tide and sunrise coinciding beyond this month, as thatís when my chart ended. Thereís no more chances this month after tomorrow though Iím afraid. Obviously if sunrise isnít needed itís not an issue!
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Thanks Alf, salt water is very harsh, luckily my current tripod is only a cheapy but I would like to upgrade to a carbon one at some point.
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Good planning and good photos as a result. #1 stands out.
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Good planning and good photos as a result. #1 stands out.

Thanks, much appreciated. All the comments go to show how we all have different preferences, personally I like the pier best
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Thanks Alf, salt water is very harsh, luckily my current tripod is only a cheapy but I would like to upgrade to a carbon one at some point.
Well keep the cheap tripod for the beach as the linked photo was of my carbon tripods fixings


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Re: Beach photo's (my version)

Chemical beach sounds pretty horrible but you've managed to make it look lovely Chris. Like John the post shots are my favourites.
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