Weekend in Kent

My Girlfriend's parents live in Deal, Kent. This weekend I had a long weekend there. We enjoyed some excellent food and a few good days out. I also enjoyed some photography and drone flying. 

I had 3 locations in mind, Reculver, Botany Bay and the usual fantastic Deal Pier. The clocks have just gone forward so no real chance of getting in a sunset this trip. I had intended to get up and go for a sunrise shot in Deal but I failed miserably and apparently it was pretty spectacular. Oops!

I think being deterred by bad weather is something I suffer from too often so in future I need to try to be creative even in bad conditions. With this in mind I set out to find a few good compositions and use ND filters for really long exposures. As well as scouting for future shots.

Deal Pier

 I've taken this shot many times, but never with exactly this composition, not with these tones and not for an exposure this long. This would be pretty special for a sunrise and one day I will get there and take that shot!  Taken with Zeis 16-35 f4 at 16mm, f22, iso 100, 206 seconds 

I've taken this shot many times, but never with exactly this composition, not with these tones and not for an exposure this long. This would be pretty special for a sunrise and one day I will get there and take that shot!

Taken with Zeis 16-35 f4 at 16mm, f22, iso 100, 206 seconds 

 This is a composition I've been thinking of for a while, quite pleased with it, could have possibly have done with a longer exposure to soften the sea and sky a little more. Would be excellent as part of a pano at sunrise.  Taken with Sony 70-200 f4 at 145mm, f13, iso100 30 seconds

This is a composition I've been thinking of for a while, quite pleased with it, could have possibly have done with a longer exposure to soften the sea and sky a little more. Would be excellent as part of a pano at sunrise.

Taken with Sony 70-200 f4 at 145mm, f13, iso100 30 seconds

 I don't think Ive shot exactly this composition before, again something that would look pretty special at sunrise.  Shot with Sony 24-70 f2.8 at 48mm, f22, iso 100, 70 seconds

I don't think Ive shot exactly this composition before, again something that would look pretty special at sunrise.

Shot with Sony 24-70 f2.8 at 48mm, f22, iso 100, 70 seconds

 I don't think Ive tried this one before, but again something that would look good at sunrise, which would be difficult as the pier isn't open at that time, I would have to try to get my camera through the railings at the gate somehow.  Shot with Sony 24-70 f2.8 at 24mm, f14, iso 100, 30 seconds 

I don't think Ive tried this one before, but again something that would look good at sunrise, which would be difficult as the pier isn't open at that time, I would have to try to get my camera through the railings at the gate somehow.

Shot with Sony 24-70 f2.8 at 24mm, f14, iso 100, 30 seconds 

 Shot this with my dji spark in pano mode, the wind was getting get up so I was a bit weary about flying too far over the sea.

Shot this with my dji spark in pano mode, the wind was getting get up so I was a bit weary about flying too far over the sea.

Reculver

What a wonderful location. I was a bit sad to find that I had left the memory card out of my DJI Spark. It was plugged into the side of my laptop. Whats worse is that the conditions were perfect for drone flight, no wind whatsoever and plenty of sunlight.

 This place is wonderful, easy to get to and great for photography. This would make a stunning sunset location. I like the tones in the sea for this one.  Shot with Zeis 16-35 f4 at 33mm, f22, iso 100, 206 secconds

This place is wonderful, easy to get to and great for photography. This would make a stunning sunset location. I like the tones in the sea for this one.

Shot with Zeis 16-35 f4 at 33mm, f22, iso 100, 206 secconds

 A much tighter composition. At about this time a guy was flying his Mavic which made me sad as I couldn't fly my spark.  Shot with Sony 70-200 f4 at 70mm, f22, iso 100, 206 seconds

A much tighter composition. At about this time a guy was flying his Mavic which made me sad as I couldn't fly my spark.

Shot with Sony 70-200 f4 at 70mm, f22, iso 100, 206 seconds

 I quite like this for its calmness, the reflection and the tones in the water. I went for a much shorter exposure here, the water was really calm anyway and no clouds.  Shot with Zeis 16-35 f4 at 33mm, f18, 30 seconds.

I quite like this for its calmness, the reflection and the tones in the water. I went for a much shorter exposure here, the water was really calm anyway and no clouds.

Shot with Zeis 16-35 f4 at 33mm, f18, 30 seconds.

Botany Bay and Kingsgate bay

So Im told that this place is very very busy in the summer and the parking can get interesting. I would recomend choosing your timing wisely.

 A wonderful sea cave looking out on to the horizon, with an added Polly into the picture for scale.  Shot with Sony 12-24 f4 at 12mm, f5.6, iso 100, 1/100 second

A wonderful sea cave looking out on to the horizon, with an added Polly into the picture for scale.

Shot with Sony 12-24 f4 at 12mm, f5.6, iso 100, 1/100 second

 The sea arch leading from Kingsgate bay to Botany bay. More Polly for scale.  Shot with Sony 12-24 f4 at 12mm, f5.6, iso 100, 1/320 second

The sea arch leading from Kingsgate bay to Botany bay. More Polly for scale.

Shot with Sony 12-24 f4 at 12mm, f5.6, iso 100, 1/320 second

 This is more a location scouting image, this would look awesome at sunset, would have to be timed carefully though with the tide.  Shot with Sony 12-24 f4, at 12mm, f5,6 1/320 second

This is more a location scouting image, this would look awesome at sunset, would have to be timed carefully though with the tide.

Shot with Sony 12-24 f4, at 12mm, f5,6 1/320 second

 Giant Steps.  Shot with Sony 12-24 f4 at 12mm, f5.6, 1/320 second

Giant Steps.

Shot with Sony 12-24 f4 at 12mm, f5.6, 1/320 second

Footage from my DJI Spark