From Sandgate to Folkestone

We’ve done this route before as part of a longer cycle ride but this beautiful spring morning, we just walked the promenade with the dog, giving me opportunity to snap as I went…

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Little boxes, little boxes…
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The range of beach chalets was delightful
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Folkestone 10k
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Some going, some coming back.
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Keep those feet moving
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Fascinated by this disused railway station.
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What is that bell for?
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Love to watch the kids enjoy these water features.
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It’s a fishing town too.
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With little boats
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To take the fishermen out to bigger boats in the harbour.

Photoshoot on the beach

A BIG thank you to Conrad Lee who I happened to encounter on a few of the local Facebook photography pages and whose photo shoot he allowed me to gate crash.

Self taught over the past few years, not only does Conrad have imaginative concepts for different shoots, he is also making wonderful contributions to recording the town’s heritage with his portrait photos of local celebrities and trades people which are published by the local magazine Hastings Voice.

On this particular shoot, he had organised a make up artist: KW Make Up, a model: Katie Gould (who had never before modelled so big well done to her) and a videographer: Kastiel Wilkin. And, although I had gone with the idea of just watching to see how a shoot is conducted, I was encouraged to get my camera out – which I did. And, although a little different for me, here are the results.

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Make up and stylist
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Photographer and videographer

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First time model
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A little awkward at first
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But soon warmed up
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Looking very pensive
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Abandoned?
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Ah, yes. There he goes.
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All ending in smiles and flowers.

 

Hastings pier

Love it or hate it, it has sparked a lot of local debate. Like Marmite, I love it. These photos were taken a week apart.

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Tomorrow is the official opening
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Hastings Big Choir rehearse for the morning.
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No coffee drinkers at this time of the evening.
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After the celebrations, the pier is still stunning.
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Wooden lines.
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A place to watch the sun go down.
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Cafe furniture made from salvaged planks of the old pier.

Week 21 of 366

These photos have been posted daily to Facebook. Due to a birthday week this week, family photos seem to have crept their way in. Never mind…. was lovely to see them.

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Hastings pier in its party frock for the official opening ceremony this week.
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Tagging along on a photoshoot.
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Lovely boys
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New pier, new skate park…. Sorry you left for Bristol now?
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Sun in the garden when I got home.
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Birthday flowers still looking good.
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Reflections on the pier.

Week 20 of 366

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Learn something new on a Friday – forget how to do it by Monday 🙂
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Tide out under the cliffs
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Sunset on Pevensey Marsh
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Too late to think properly.
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Why is this the only family of ducks in our park this year?
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Annoying the dog.
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Fishing boat airing its smalls

Shoreham Quarry and Cement works

This near abandoned bastion of industry just north of Shoreham (Beeding) was constructed at the turn of the C20th (history here) on the site of a traditional lime quarry. Unfortunately, with the threat of such a hefty fine and a seemingly active security guard, we weren’t quite brave enough to breach the fences and get some interior shots which I imagine would have been just as unsettling as the architecture and decay of the dominating exterior. The South Downs, being composed predominantly of chalk, are scarred, up and down the coast, with evidence of mining – although few are as imposing as this site.

I’ve tried a different type of edit inspired by a post from Lenscaper, although for different reasons. I’m hoping desaturating this image and pushing the curves will exaggerate the lines on the buildings and suggest austerity and a lack of activity. What do you think?

 

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Industrial and austere
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You’d have to look hard to see the tiny car to get some sense of scale.
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I think the kids may have had a smashing time.
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Like something from the movies.
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Concrete blocks remind me of the Russian legacy in Cuba.
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More concrete.
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And, more concrete.

 

 

Chanctonbury Ring, South Downs

It was a bit of a climb (understatement) which was more acute than high but well worth the effort. Luckily, before we went, I hadn’t read anything of the tales of rituals and witchcraft that have been reported from and about Chanctonbury Ring that sits up high on the South Downs in Sussex. And, maybe my excitement to possibly wild camp there one evening has been somewhat dampened since reading said tales – we’ll see.

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Exposed gnarled roots evidence the ancient woodland on the ascent.
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Out of the woodland climb and onto the top of the downs.
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These lambs seem unaffected by their proximity to the ring.
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Approaching the ring into the setting sun.
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Inland, across Sussex.
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A romantic barbeque for two.
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Better quality filters have since been purchased which may (or may not) eliminate some of this flare.
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Heading back down through the forest before total darkness falls – and the witching hour begins 🙂

Wk19 of 366 challenge

My, how the year flies by. I’ve heard it said that eventually people find their style in Photography. Looking at this lot, no matter how much time passes, I still seem to be all over the place with the type of photos I take and how I process them. Still waiting to mature, I suppose 🙂

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Mud in Sovereign Harbour basin
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View from Chanctonbury Ring
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Amsterdam Shipwreck at low tide
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Give us this day our daily Ciabatta
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Love my photo mags
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Factory window at sunset.
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Blossom in the park.