Glittering

Simply glittering and shimmering. I love finding images like this. March is often known for variable weather in the UK. There is a well-known saying that ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’, or sometimes it’s the other way round. Either way there can be spells of bitter cold and days of unusual warmth. Trees and flowers never quite know the right time to judge when Spring is truly sprung.

These last few days have been surprisingly warm, and on one of them we paid our first visit to West Wittering beach on the edge of Chichester Harbour. The tide was out and vast expanses of sand were revealed with lagoons of water. The light was a little subdued by a thin film of high cirrus cloud which made images into the light (or ‘contre jour’ as it is sometimes known), a little easier to control.

This is a gem of a place, but it is also a very well-known gem: in Summer it is likely to be crowded. But there is plenty of space and it is also a popular place for wind surfers. We will be returning.

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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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19 Responses to Glittering

  1. This is lovely, Andy. So often we try to eliminate “glitter” with polarizing lenses. It’s nice when a view like this calls for its inclusion. Love the muted colors and composition.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. Images like this tell it how it is. I’m discovering the beauty of coastal light and to ‘filter’ it would be really criminal. Somewhere I have a polarizing filter but it’s a long time since I used it.

  2. paula graham says:

    Gorgeous photo, well executed.

  3. shoreacres says:

    The combination of the brittle, sparkling light and the serpentine curves of the sand bars make for an exceptionally pleasing image. The colors are appealing to me, too, particularly since the sky, the cliffs, the water, and sand all partake of the same shades. It just a beautiful image.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. The sand bars and the lagoons between them created a layered effect which added a lot to this image. The colours were tricky: I struggled with colour balance back home. My memory suggested one version, the image portrayed something different – i just had to go with what looked right on screen.

  4. Robyn G says:

    This is a gorgeous image! Must have been wonderful being there.
    Your weather sounds like ours presently – all over the place.

  5. oneowner says:

    Great shot, Andy. I love the subtle color.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. I had a struggle with the colour tones. One of those situations where my brain remembered something brighter, but the camera showed something much more subdued. I really have no idea whether what you see is accurate or not – the important thing is that it looks OK.

  6. Meanderer says:

    What a beautiful place. Lovely image, Andy.

  7. Love the sense of space in this beautiful image. Well done as always, Andy. 🙂

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  9. Chillbrook says:

    Simply beautiful Andy!

    • LensScaper says:

      A beautiful day. We have been slowly assembling a list of the places worth re-visiting during our first year down here – this will be a place we will certainly return to.

  10. Dina says:

    Lovely shot, Andy. Could have been there too! 🙂 I love the vast salt marshes in North Norfolk and the solitude in the glittering low tides.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Dina. Norfolk is an area of the UK I know very little of, but I can imagine that there are similarities. Gently sloping beaches are wonderful places for images.

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