Sunday, March 29, 2009

Icy Rain and a Holiday Beach

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English weather is a joke, but to be fair, this is November and sunseekers are in Spain or Malta ... or the Caribbean. I visited Blackpool for a couple of days in 2006 and my only glimpse of the Irish Sea was this heaving, grey mass with thundering white surf, and it took me several goes to reach the seafront itself as hail kept driving me back. This was the sea fronting the 'Golden Mile' of amusements and attractions: the town was still busy, but a shadow of itself in the summer, and a vivid memory was eating at a dine-in fish and chip shop while hail made a white carpet outside. It's a simple shot, telephoto to crate the composition, then fight the buffet of the roaring wind to get a reasonably decent horizon line. The conditions were so hostile I did not stick around to take multiple frames of the same subject from a variety of vantages, so as to pick the cherry among them. Mild enhancement includes sharpening, contrast and colour-saturation. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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