A boat in the rain
I have been meaning to get out with my camera in the new year but the weather and other commitments left me resolute that I was going to go out rain or shine. I had a few photo ideas for some nice moody shots at Instow beach. Having not been there for a while I was looking forward to revisiting one of my favourite locations. When I got there the rain and fog meant visibility was low, so I decided to try to utilise this with long exposures to try to isolate the subject in a couple of compositions. I must have looked quite a sight, wandering around the beach with an umbrella in one hand and a tripod in the other, as I headed out closer to the water’s edge.
I decided to shoot long exposures with a telephoto lens and to make use of my Lee Little Stopper 6 stop ND filter. This combination meant that I could isolate a subject and remove any waves in the sea to simplify the scene. I liked this yacht as it rested on the Instow sands as the tide ebbed farther out. Without the boat being grounded on the sand a sharp image wouldn’t have been possible due to the movement of the vessel in the sea. I love the simplicity of this image, which still features the coastline in the distance, and even a bird that was using the yacht’s mast as a view point. I was tempted to make the image black and white, but resisted; I really like the subtle blues of the yacht, which I think emphasise just how grey a day it was. I am looking forward to adding more rainy day images to the collection soon.