The first thing I did on arrival was to explore the beach front between the two piers. In 2003 the West Pier was destroyed by fire, since then the elements have done their worse leaving a skeletal structure in the sea.
In order to get both Piers in I used 8mm Fish Eye and straightened the image in Photoshop.
I took several but I enjoy the composition of this one which I call Keep Away.
Differential focus keeps the background sufficiently out of focus to maintain the point of the picture to the fore.
My final selection from the first day is a sunset picture with starlings swarming over the pier at dusk. What an amazing natural phenomenon, which I understand is called murmuration. I have seen it on the TV and had not known before Thursday evening that this happens each evening at dusk, during winter months in Brighton. What a treat and a lovely way to end the day.
On the second day I awoke early with the intention of getting some sunrise pictures to go with the sunset images from the evening before, unfortunately on looking out of the window all I saw was fog and/or mist. On second thoughts I realised that this gave me further opportunities to try something I had not tried before, misty pics, so off I went.
On walking along the seafront there were few people out, one or two dog walkers and a tramp or two rousing themselves, but then it was only 7.00am.
Then, next to Brighton Pier, I saw this bunch from the local swimming club. I have no idea why they would do this, but it would have to have serious health benefits to make me strip off and go in the sea at 7.00am in February, or indeed at any time!!!
One for fun, taken a few minutes after the swimmers, called My Patch. Even the bird seems surprised at the men's antics!
It was still very foggy and I struggled to photograph the scene effectively.
In order to emphasise the foreground and give a greater sense of fogginess in the distance I added a filter, which darkened the cobbles whilst lightening the top of the image as the fog became more dense. This has created a more graphic image which I rather like, not sure if it will win any prizes but I enjoy the atmosphere and like the image, so that is all that really matters.
And so back to the West Pier, still using the Fish Eye but a very different feel. At this point I was feeling rather bruised as I had fallen flat my back as I walked down the concrete walkway, it had some pebbles deliberately placed to catch unwary, lady photographers!!! No I am not getting paranoid, really, I'm not!!! Fortunately nobody was there to view my gymnastics and no harm was done, apart from some rather large and very colourful bruises.
And finally one taken with no special effects or photoshopping, apart from the usual sharpening.
This is a colour image however there was no colour anywhere to be seen, I was particularly pleased with the detail, which is just apparent through the mist.
After all the exertion it was a brisk walk back to the hotel for breakfast and several cups of strong, warming coffee. After breakfast I did explore the other side of town and visited The Lanes, but on this occasion it did not produce anything of note. However I did stumble across the Brighton Pavilion and took this image, again looking for something different, I suspect this has been done many times but I am a bit of a sucker for a reflection.
It was a very enjoyable break and although I doubt if the pictures will be award winners or get themselves into any exhibitions I enjoy them and am pleased with the variety I managed to capture in under 24hrs.
I will return to Brighton....summer hols Mr W.?