Fine winter’s days are becoming rare and precious occasions this winter. When a good day dawns, it’s time to get out with the camera and make the most of the weather window before the next depression sweeps across the Atlantic bringing yet more wind and rain to the UK’s shores.
There was one good day last week and we took the road south to the coast and then turned east to Eastbourne and neighbouring Beachy Head. More about Beachy Head later this week.
For today, let’s simply look out to sea from the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head across the English Channel – one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
The sun was painting a path of light across the sea, interrupted by filmy patchy cloud – the effect was beguiling and beautiful, and changing by the minute. I shot a number of frames. Getting the exposure right when shooting into the sun can be difficult, but my usual approach is to leave the camera set to record matrix metering and under-expose by a full stop. That seldom goes wrong and a quick check of the histogram will always confirm if adjustments need to be made.