Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Mersea Island

A few weeks ago, I took my old Nikon D80 down to a local beach at Mersea Island.  It's a fairly empty beach most of the time, with just a few dog walkers.  I needed a break from phtographing busy streets and city locations.  Mersea Island is a ten minute drive from my home, and it really is an example of quietetude and natural coast, without all the bells and whistles of the typical English seaside holiday retreat.

I used a 10-20mm Sigma lens and got the widest angel possible, allowing nice huge vistas of open coast. The lens is good for these kinds of landscapes where there are no obvious signs of 'barrelling' or vertical distortions near the edges.  Nothing straight and vertical here.




I captured the evening sunset with the standard 18-70 Nikon lens.  This is a small estuary where many boats are mored up.  It has a nice sailing club and a huge annual sailing event.  Mersea is also famous for a small specialist fishing industry, and there a few places in the small village where you can eat real fresh and fantastic tasting oysters.





8 comments:

s.c said...

Lovely sunset shot. Sometimes you have to force yourself to use that wide angel lens . In any case that feeling I have myself and sure on a landscape where it is not so clear if it gives a better impression then a more moderate one. With a cityscape it is of course quite different no hesitation there. But by expressing the emptiness of the total it can have its use. You understand that I am not sure if it in this case gives a better view. Sorry.

Bill Wellham said...

I understand you totally SC. I think wide angle works best for landscapes, because it matches our human experience of 'big landscapes'. Thanks for comment.

Gunnar H. said...

Your street pictures are out-standing!

Bill Wellham said...

Tusen takk, Gunnar. :)

George McKay said...

Hey Bill - you've made the most of a simple composition in the first few and great skies in all of them, particularly the bottom one.

Michael Gatton said...

Beautiful and dramatic landscapes, Bill. I keep aching for a serious wide-angle (beyond 28mm equivalent) but I'm not sure I'd know what to do with it - I like what you've done here.

Bill Wellham said...

Thanks George... sometimes it's nice to keep things as simple as poss. I have to admit though that I tweaked the color palettes slightly through photoshop, to give it a bit more drama. Those colors are all there, but I just have to coax them out from the grays.

Mike... the Sigma 10-20 lens comes in Canon & Nikon versions. I love this lens... it is quality. It is great for architectural drama and landscapes. There is a fair amount of convergence to the outer edges, but this is all part of the fun. Great ultra-perspective style shots.

sliceoflondonlife.com said...

I love these Bill. I love the sunset one. But I especially like the beach shot with the breakwater and the beacon. It reminds me of my childhood.

I grew up in Essex and we used to spend some time every summer at Mersea Island as an aunt and uncle had a caravan there. We usually went cockling. So my memories are of schlepping up and down the muddy beach in wellies, digging in the mud for cockles and filling my bucket!

Good times