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Durdle Door – Christmas 2010

Posted in Locations, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by mistymornings

Durdle Door is one of my favourite places. The arch is magnificent of course, but there is something special about the setting and the lapping waves on the pebble beach. Our previous visit had been on a summer bank holiday weekend about 10 years ago; it was almost impossible to find a place to stand on the beach and landscape photography was less than easy! We vowed to return one day in the winter, when hopefully it would be quieter.

We chose Christmas day, arriving well before dawn. The snow several days earlier had turned to ice, making the descent to the adjacent Man o’ War beach very dangerous. Fortunately the Durdle Door steps were ice free. Much to our surprise two other photographers had beaten us to it. “Nothing else to do today” one quipped!

At first the light wasn’t co-operative, with a bank of cloud out to sea depriving the sky of its best colour. I decided to use my ND400 filter to give some longer exposures.This first shot looked towards the East to include the moon.

The pebble beach gave a great quality to the waves.

The other photographers, after waiting 45 minutes for some light, finally gave up. Their timing was out, just a few minutes later the sun popped out of the cloudbank, just within the top of the arch.

I was lucky to be at about the right place on the beach. A small adjustment and I just had time to get the above shot before the sun rose too far. A fairly small aperture of f11 caused the starburst effect. Sometimes patience does pay off!

We decided to return the next morning in hope of some better colour. This time we had the beach to ourselves, and the sky was a little more co-operative before dawn (but less so around dawn).

It was a pleasure to spend two mornings in this magnificent place.

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