Friday, 6 December 2013

Photographic Passion

I've been getting back into my photography again recently, after a really long and unplanned hiatus due to a lack of time and other commitments, so it's been great to feel the creative urge to get my camera out again. This has been sparked by a couple of elements, one of which being a deal I am working on with Nikki's Nibbles, of Weymouth. I received a message giving me the opportunity to fill some wall space in their café and have been really pleased to oblige! The prints are currently at the sorting office, as I was out when they arrived (sod's law...) but I will go and pick them up sometime tomorrow!

I went on a photo jaunt with Dave at the weekend, after a visit to the Athelhampton Christmas Food Fayre, which was delicious! We went down to Weymouth to photograph the beach and harbour and I managed to get a couple of images that I liked, but nothing that really screamed wow at me.

"WINTER HARBOUR"

I've always found Weymouth Harbour to be very beautiful. It's got such a traditional look to it, and the conditions were perfect on Sunday afternoon, with some stunning clear sky and still waters. We also enjoyed a beachy wander after visiting the harbour.

Dave then suggested that while we were in the area, we took a trip over to Portland to photograph the Chesil Beach viewpoint, as well as the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse. The Bill is one of my favourite places to visit, so I was more than happy to go over the causeway and take some more photographs over there, especially in the evening light.


"SHINE A LIGHT"

I have decided that next time there is a storm, I want to go down to Portland, because it's one of the most insane places to be in bad weather. The sea rushes up in "geysers" where it is forced into tiny channels in the cliffs, and it's a real experience.

"DUSK"

Thankfully, Sunday was very still though and we managed to get some nice pictures of the lighthouse. Some international readers may recognise the names of Weymouth and Portland from the 2012 London Olympics - the Olympic sailing events were hosted here.

Today, I have continued my bout of creative flair, and took a trip to Hardy's Monument, which sits a few miles outside of Dorchester. It can be seen for miles around, and commemorates Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy (not the famous Dorset writer of the same name), who was a commander at the Battle of Trafalgar. You can read more about the monument here.

"HARDY'S MONUMENT"

I find this a very difficult place to photograph. The monument itself, pretty much resembles a chimney, which looks very unusual against the views that surround it. It's a very bleak and weather-beaten place, but unique to the area and I haven't visited in a number of years with my camera.

"A MONUMENTAL MORNING"

I also feel that because of the landscape, Hardy's Monument lends itself very well to black and white. However, I am really pleased with A Monumental Morning, as I have named it. I feel the colour works well, on this occasion.

Anyway, I am hoping that this stretch of creativity continues, and that I will be out taking some more photographs very soon. I have a few places on my list that I would like to visit in the next few weeks - one of which will involve an early start and some frost, so I'll have to sit and wait for the right conditions to occur.

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