Being a hermit for most of the time nowadays due to the global pandemic it’s always nice to find an excuse to escape the confines of home. Today was one of those days when we had to drop a door key off to a local business who will be doing the asbestos removal from our home following last years fire.
This meant a trip to Gorleston was called for so myself, Trudi, Lucy and Finley went on an epic adventure 5 miles down the road, traversing the perils of modern day life we endeavoured to accomplish as many chores into one trip as possible.
- Drop key off to asbestos company
- Go to pets at home to get some mixer for Finley
- Take some photos
We don’t lead a very exciting life as you can see.
Being a breezy day and having the dog with us it seemed like the beach would be the best place to go for photography. Our first port of call was down to the Pier Hotel area, I loaded my my gear onto my back and headed off towards the harbour mouth with Trudi and gang going in the opposite direction. I may have made it 2 minutes down the path when I get a phone call from Trudi to say dogs aren’t allowed on the beach at this time of year. Sooooo, I turn on my heels and head back to the car for another location. On my walkk back to the car I did clock that further down the coast there were some large waves breaking over the sea defences and decided this will be the next destination.
A little further down the road at Gorleston cliffs we parked up, checked there were no signs not allowing dogs on the beach, no car parking fees to pay and we were good to go. Again, we went our separate way with me going South and the rest going North.
My plan was to get as close to the action as possible, bang on the long lens and get some shots of big waves smashing over the defences but this wasn’t going to be. As I neared the start of the larger defences there were 2 options.
The first was to play it safe and walk behind the structure on the sandy beach but there was no obvious shot to be had from this side and I would be behind the waves crashing over the wooden defences.
The second option was to walk on the seaward side of the defences, this would have given me a front/side view of the waves I was after. However, I hadn’t checked the tide times and it was obvious the tide was near the top but I wasn’t sure if we were at the top of the tide or not and there was only about 3 foot of dryish sand available to walk on, so if the tide were still rising I wouldn’t have an escape route if I got into trouble.
It didn’t take long to decide that I’d take the safe route.
After much puffing and panting and realising I really haven’t had much experience of walking on sand for sometime (let alone with 30+ pounds of gear strapped to my back) I eventually reached a point where could go no further without getting wet. From this point I had a view North looking towards the outer harbour and another to the South looking towards Hopton and Corton which is where the larger waves were breaking. About 50 meters away was a Cormorant sitting on an rusty radar reflector and on the cliffs were carpets of what looked like wild yellow Lupins which would have been fantastic with some dappled sunlight falling onto them.
However, today was cloudy with no breaks for the sun to poke through so I decided to get a quick shot of the Cormorant before it flew away, which it didn’t do in the half hour that I was there for. Next and while I still had the 200-600mm lens on was to try and capture the waves to the South. This was challenging as I didn’t have a good vantage point, even climbing up the cliffs a little didn’t help. I did do a full health and safety risk assessment before making the dangerous 5ft climb before anybody says anything.
So I only really had one hope of coming away with anything that I could use for stock photography and that was looking South. My plan was to get the Lupins in shot for colour, crashing waves and a softened look on the outer harbour. However, the waves weren’t as big in this direction, I assume the harbour has a calming effect on them. So I had to take 6 images with waves breaking in various places and then blend them into one final image. I feel this could be a fantastic shot on a stormy day where the clouds are allowing broken rays of light to fall onto the landscape, so it’s one I will be revisiting when the conditions are better.
The return journey was very much the same as the outbound trip and I noticed the the sea was now on my side of the sea defences so I had made the right decision taking the safe route. I must be getting older and wiser as I don’t seem to take the same chances that I used to in my earlier years.
It may not be a fantastic shot but once again I’ve found a location on my doorstep and another trip to Gorleston, which has several photo opportunities to offer in various types of weather is definitely on the agenda now.
#staysafe and #staydry