Last Saturday I headed up to Little Haven beach in South Shields for an afternoon wander with the camera. This stretch of coastline is stunning and it has plenty of photographic locations to keep you occupied. The Groyne Lighthouse is one of my particular favourites, it reminds me of a giant red spaceship.
A short walk from the car park are a few pathways that cut through the sand dunes and onto the beach. I was making a beeline for the Groyne Lighthouse when I spotted this composition on the path in front of me. The detail in the grass was eye-catching and the fence posts were a perfect lead in to the lighthouse in the distance, so I decided to stop and set up a shot using my tripod. As I was setting up my camera I kept feeling the odd gust of strong wind coming from behind me, thrashing the grassy dunes. I immediately thought about doing a long exposure to capture some motion blur of the grass around the still fence posts. I thought this would make for a nice long exposure shot so I whipped out the 10 stop and this is how it turned out. Exactly like I imagined it would.
I drew inspiration for the title ‘Sand Dancer’ from a colloquial term used to describe someone who is born in South Shields. “So, yer from South Shields uh, yah must be a Sand Dancer, then?
Equipment: Canon 90D, Canon 10-22mm, XCSouce ND1000, MANFROTTO 290 XTRA Carbon Fibre Tripod.
Settings: f11, ISO 100, 30secs @ 10mm.
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