Another windy evening at Durdle Door

The sky at Durdle Door was much less heavy the following day, but the wind was probably stronger. After getting there, I went straight to the location that I’d decided on the day before and set everything up. As the sun went down, I took a number of groups of photos, all with a 10 stop ND filter. Each group was at different exposures ranging from 1/4s to 15s so that I could capture the sky, sea, and land and use exposure blending to create the final image.

I started at 5.30pm and when I took my third set about 20 minutes later, a realised that the wind had blown so much grit and dirt over the camera that the later pictures were useless:

 

 

So I set to carefully cleaning the filter, which was made more challenging in the high wind as the grit was quite sticky, so difficult to remove without scratching the filter and I was very concerned that the camera might fall when I wasn’t holding it down.  After this, although I was careful to keep the camera covered between shots, I still needed to clean everything a few more times before I finished for the day.

I was hoping that I’d get a photograph with the sun really low on the horizon and some more after it set, but a bank of cloud came in before that happened.  Although it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, I’m happy with the final result.  I kept the long exposure of the sea in the final picture so that the scene appears calm and peaceful, unlike the experience of taking the photograph at the time!

 

Durdle Door

2 comments on Another windy evening at Durdle Door

  1. Hi Geoff,
    Love your photos of the Scottish Highlands and the water running down that stream.
    Anyway, reason for emailing you – was looking for birthday present – and – just wondered whether you sell photos – particularly looking for the second one you did of Durdle Door. 2nd one down on your homepage. ideally like a black frame round it if possible- as that will provide nice frame and provide
    a nice contrast. Do you do that at all? Or if you don’t would you know someone that did? Also – no longer local – so would want it posted to Basingstoke. If you don’t sell them, but – just take photos for the sheer enjoyment of it. No worries – just thought I would ask – that’s all. You have taken some really nice photos. All the best, Rupert Pushman

  2. Hi Rupert,

    Thanks for the kind comment. I have just started so sell A4 prints on an Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GeoffMacDonaldPhoto – I’ve not offered them framed as people often like to choose their own. If you let me know some more details about the frame via the Etsy shop, I’ll set up a custom order for you.

    Kind regards,
    Geoff

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