An ethereal sunset at Barton on Sea


I’m slightly ashamed to say this is my first sunset of 2018, pretty bad form considering it’s mid-April.

It’s been a cold, wet and snowy start to the year, and I have nothing but admiration for the many photographers who have found their way to Durdle Door and other beautiful Dorset locations in the snow, and been rewarded with incredible photography for their efforts, they are clearly more dedicated than I am.

But here we are, my first sunset of the year, which found me heading down to my favourite photographic haunting grounds of Burton on Sea. The sun was setting right where I usually like it – right along the coastline, which can make for very dramatic photographs. However, for once, I pointed my camera in a different direction.

My photographic tastes are changing. I’m finding myself wanting to shoot more subtle, calmer, simpler photographs at the moment. I have lots of orange, red and pink photographs and I love the “wow factor,” for sure, but, ever-wanting to evolve and improve, I’m finding myself drawn to this slightly new style of the understated.

So despite the dramatic sunset, I instead went for some subtle sidelighting at this pretty awesome groyne structure, which has been on my list to shoot for a good few years now. I think that, had I have shot this when I first discovered it, it would have ended up a little like my photograph of the tank trap over in the Purbecks, with a sparkly sun and brilliant colours exploding at the back of the photograph. In fact, it wouldn’t really surprise me if I make that exact photograph at some point in the future.

But for now, I’m pretty happy with this subtler, more ethereal account. Minimal photoshopping has been done here, all photographic filters whilst shooting and a crazy-coloured sea from the setting sun.


Part of the Hengistbury Head, Mudeford and Barton collection.

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