As I stated previously I wanted to add Brighton to the list of locations that I had selected for this exercise. I set off and did a scouting exercise. The buildings in the town centre were similar to the houses that I had seen in London so I decided that the Pier would be an interesting backdrop. The next choose I had to make was to use either the beach or the pier itself. The Pier seemed a good choice:-
Or a view from the beach
I chose the view from the gate of the Pier. There were a number of interesting colours and flashing lights. I decided that I would have to time the images so that the Brighton Pier sign letters were all illuminated.
On the evening we went back to shoot the images the weather was poor in fact it was raining very hard. I didn’t want to call the shoot off so the addition of the Union Jack umbrella would add a new dimension to the images.
I thought about the following as titles for the images I would take.
1. Great British Summer or not as the case might be.
2. Golden Jubilee celebrations.
3. Advertisement for the area
I used a Nikon D4 with a 70-200mm lens, the iso was set to iso 400, to keep the noise to a minimum.
Images from the shoot.
Small F stop, allowing more light in and less depth of field.
Umbrella to the left and more of the torso on show.
A cropped in image with the umbrella filling the frame.
A close up image of the face, focus point on the eyes
Again a similar shot but the girls face is falling out of the frame. I like the black frame of the umbrella against the colours of the fabric.
A similar image to above but her expression is different. I then did a black and white conversion, just to see what it would look like.
Well what did I think of the evening:-
It was freezing and wet. We had to work fast to get the images done before we all froze. I don’t think this was a bad thing as I was put under pressure and this is almost certain to be the case if
I was working for a company. I had to take into account the background and other members of the public getting in the shot. This was hard to do on a public pier.
The next three images were taken at the end of the evening, as the wind was blowing across the sea front !!!
I saw these girls walking along the seafront. They were ready for a night out and wanted to enjoy themselves no matter what the weather was like. A gust of wind turned an ordinary image
into something a little bit more interesting
Here comes the wind!
Just a bit of fun really. But it proved to me that you should always have a camera with you.
You never know what you will see.
I enjoyed this exercise. There was a lot to learn and in parts it was a very steep learning curve.