Cuckmere Haven at dusk

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Regular readers will remember a number of posts from Birling Gap, just a couple of miles East of this point. Click here to view the most recent. My son and I left Birling Gap late in the afternoon but were still determined to walk out to the sea at Cuckmere Haven as well. It was approaching dusk as we neared the gravel bar above the high water mark. The cottages, so often the foreground of images shot along the Seven Sisters cliffs, stood stark against the sky, and people – reduced to silhouettes – walked along the gravel bar.

We made it back to the car as darkness fell. Back home a decision about how to process the RAW file was a no-brainer. It was my kind of B&W – upping the contrast, paring down the frame to the essentials. Click on the image to see a far better enlargement.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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18 Responses to Cuckmere Haven at dusk

  1. oneowner says:

    Very nicely composed, Andy. Did you have to pay those people to walk across the frame for you?

  2. hmunro says:

    Truly lovely composition, Andy — though of course after reading the comments now I’m curious about what constitutes and “ungainly posture.”

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Heather – ‘ungainly posture’ was a verbal hyperbole for a figure that just didn’t look quite right – arms and legs a bit akimbo.

      • hmunro says:

        Ah, yes — the limbs-all-akimbo problem. Happens to the best of us from time to time, doesn’t it? Well, thank you for the smiles I enjoyed while trying to picture exactly what this hyperbolic phrase might entail.

        • LensScaper says:

          There’s always one person like that, isn’t there? You get the shot, get home and look at the image up close on the screen and someone’s arms and legs spoil it. Sometimes the problem can’t be solved easily. In this case, it was easy – gone in five seconds!

  3. paula graham says:

    Nice shot, also dying to know the person with the ungainly ways!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Paula. Some people just don’t blend in – as I said to Heather – limbs akimbo. I’m particular about people in the frame – they have to look reasonably normal!

  4. shoreacres says:

    Truly, I’m astonished by the degree of detail you’ve captured here, especially with the people. The spacing of everything seems just right; there’s a nice flow from right to left. The river flowing into the channel is beautiful, too. (I went snooping so see where this was.) Are those the Coast Guard cottages to the right?

    • LensScaper says:

      Yes, those are the Coast Guard cottages. They often feature in the foreground of classic views of the Seven Sisters cliffs when seen looking East along the coast. They completed the image for me, and their chimneys looked almost like people standing on the roofs.

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  6. Chillbrook says:

    Fabulous photo Andy. The figures on the horizon just perfect!

  7. ehpem says:

    Very nice Andy. I like this a lot.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ehpem. The people lined up rather nicely on the horizon. We were very late in the day getting here and conversion to B&W was an obvious way to get a contrasty image.

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