This past summer has been a strange one! The countrywide lockdown and continuing global pandemic, has meant that straying too far from home has been at best frowned upon and at worst, illegal.
The advantage to this is that I have taken the opportunity to photograph some places that are less than 1hr from home. You have seen some of the results of this already in my lensball efforts and my obsessive photographing of beach huts, but believe it or not, there is more on the south coast than beach huts…
For example, there is a fair bit of sea, and these amazing shelters and some fairly spectacular sunsets!
I love the art deco style of these! There are others which are more ornate, but these are by far my favourite!
Lastly, along with beach huts and shelters, the south coast this past year has been host to some fairly impressive sunsets, which may or may not feature beach huts…
Living, as I do, a stones throw away from the south coast (well, it would have to be a pretty spectacular throw, but still…) I am pretty well placed to investigate the quintessential British tradition that is the beach hut.
Those ones up there are in Littlehampton, West Sussex, they are the beach huts I have photographed most, I keep going back, and I keep finding new ways to photograph them:
Those ones were taken on a dull rainy day, with my iPhone, but even in terrible conditions there is still something about them that makes me want to photograph them. I did, at least try to take one or two different looking photos…
It has to be said, however, that there are more beach huts on the south coast than these. There are hundreds (possibly thousands) of them scattered around in clumps (well, lines) all along the southern edge of the country. During the parts of this summer that we have been allowed out, I have made it my mission to visit them, and photograph them.
I know I am not the only person who does this. But I have fallen in love with these funny little huts and the vast variation that can be found in them. Not only that, they have a lot of pretty compelling details and repeating patterns, two things I am not really able to resist!
I have been out there with both my Nikon D7500 and my polaroid 600, which is almost but not quite from one extreme to another. I took my phone along too…of course 🙂
Needless to say, those photos up there have been taken with my polaroid 🙂
These slightly more modern looking beach huts were found on Worthing sea front. I love them, they are so geometric and interesting. I have tried to photograph them on more than one occasion, this time, I finally got a few photos I am happy with. (taken with my Nikon)
These slightly more traditional and less uniform beach huts are just along from Worthing in Goring, they presented me with some absolutely brilliant rusty details and in one case, a boat… (taken with my Nikon)
This project is likely to go on for a little while, I might give it a proper name and do something interesting with the photos in due course, but for now I am going to just carry on photographing what catches my eye. Then, quite probably going back and photographing it again with a different camera…
Many moons ago, at christmas I was given a Lensball. For the uninitiated, this is the description of a lensball, taken from their website:
A lensball is a hardened, ultra clear polished K9 crystal ball which acts like a wide angle lens giving you a 180 degree view and creates a refraction effect, whereby the image in the ball is flipped over – in the right setting it creates some stunning visuals.
For one reason or another (lockdown…) I didn’t get a chance to take this new toy out to play until August.
I have to say I am loving it. It is fun and you can get some interesting effects… I am really only just getting the hang of using it, but I can see the possibilities for some interesting shots.
These are the first shots I ever took with it, using my Nikon D7500. I took a couple with my phone, but the quality with the Nikon is so much better that I am sticking to that!
I have read multiple reviews of lensballs, mainly when I was searching around for ideas, and there are definitely mixed feelings out there about the validity of it as a photography tool. There are people who think it is a gimmick, there are people who think that it is not worth their time because everyone is doing it, there are people who think it is not for serious photographers…
I have decided I don’t care what those people think, there is absolutely room for some lensball photos in my photographic shenanigans! Just because lots of people are doing it doesn’t make it a bad thing. Everyone looks at things differently, even through a lensball! And as for those who think it has no place in serious photography, who wants to be serious all of the time! There is a lot to be said for having fun, and you might just end up producing some pictures that people like to look at. Which is the point after all…
These pictures come from the only three times I have taken the ball out for a play. I have already learned a lot about using it and am looking forward to trying even more new things!