Photography to me is an escape, it helps with my mental health and it gives me the chance to explore new and exciting places.
Just not this week – not for me anyway.
I could share with you lots of images I have taken in the past but I want to share with you images I take within the week leading up to MySundayPhoto.
For me I love nothing better than planning a shoot and travelling to new places, exploring the area and marking it on my map. But its the time of year when the dark night are so early I struggle to get out, I finish work well after sunset – but I managed to escape work for an early finish this week so I checked the weather on my apps and chose my location and went out straight away.
I live in a city where all the landmarks and places has been shot to death, I mean this, seen it once you have seen them all. But for all that may read this, my images will most likely be new to you.
This week seen me visit Sunderland Fish Quay, it offers exciting views down the river wear towards our Wearmouth bridge and the metro railway bridge, the Sun sets right behind the bridge giving some fantastic light on the water and fishing boats.
I use apps call STORM for the weather and THE PHOTOGRAPHERS EPHEMERIS(TPE)– both on IOS. Storm is brilliant for seeing cloud coverage and wind direction. TPE is a very powerful app and a must have app for all.
Sunset was early, around 4:30pm so I knew I needed to be there for 4pm to set up and wait, and hope that my planning was going to be right. As I waited the clouds were rolling and I though nothing was going to happen but then the horizon blew up with some brilliant colours in the sky.
As usual I was using my Sony A6000 with the Samyang 12mm as well as my Nisi V5pro and 0.9 medium grad; I used the polariser to take the glare off the water and the grad to pull back the detail in the clouds to make the image more dramatic. By using this set up I was able to slow the shutter just enough the blur the water to make it silky smooth.
The sunset only lasted 5-10 minutes so I needed to get it right, which I think I did. I took around 10 images at different settings so I had enough to play around with in post. I always use Lightroom for my edits and Photoshop to fine tune the edits.
So Sunderland isn’t all bad to take images, sometime a good image can be right on your doorstep, and it is good to get some nice images around your city, however travelling to different locations is always best in my eyes.
Create a map with Google my maps and save your locations where you take images, it always good to save them as then at least you know where you have been and where you want to go. This is my map if you would like to see where I have been.
My next location is Stockton infinity bridge for the firework display.
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.