So I jumped on a train and headed down to Hastings Seafront, one 'clear' morning to photograph some Seascape and beachfront photography.
I managed to photograph a few images that had some pleasant dawn skies with sparse clouds with pink and blue, early morning hues.
However, being by the coast, it didn't take long before a blanket of clouds rolled in to ruin the early atmos.
Rather than moaning and cursing the ever changing weather, I decided to stay inspired and head down the Seafront with the camera still mounted on the tripod.
In front of Hastings Seafront is a large expanse, chocablock with arcades, a small amusement park, outdoor crazy golf and a multitude of fixed food stalls and candy establishments. There is also a pond and a Go Karting arena, which both grabbed my attention as I made my way across the pavement.
By this time the clouds had covered most of the sky and had turned slightly grey.
My favourite photo weather conditions were revealing themselves: darkish skies with a slight break in the cloud formations that let a minuscule slither of light through. I find that it makes for some extremely atmospheric images no matter what the subject.
'Don't Go Karting', would never have worked without the sky looking so doom laden.
I shot from a low angle to emphasise the height of the lamps and allow them to frame the composition. The reddish, gritty concrete and the low wall surrounding the surface makes an interesting foreground subject. I like how the corner of the brick wall points to the Go Karting sign in the distance.
I like the differing shapes and the illusory alternating height of the lamps, (which only look different because of the depth of field and forced perspective).
The bird on the broken lamp makes a nice addition and the hint of the blue from that odd cable in front of the low wall helps to contrast with the monotony of red.
'Bleak Bird Bath' has the beautiful birds which are slightly ominous looking as they are almost in silhouette from the only light in the clouds that are behind them. They always seem to space themselves out to help make me an interesting composition :)
The ripples of the water in the foreground create an edgy texture, which are nicely lit and have some deep and interesting shadows. If the water had been still, the overall slightly disturbing vibe wouldn't have been as effective.
Overall, I like the tone of these images and the lack of human activity gives these images an abandoned photography vibe.
I enjoy these conditions so much for photography, yet they are not always easy to come by as an enthusiastic photographer would only know.