Last Friday afternoon saw us heading for Whitby to deliver some stock to the Art Café. It was a lovely evening, so after a walk along the cliff top, we treated ourselves to a bar meal sat out in the sun in the beer garden at the Hart in Sandsend.
The sun sets just behind Kettleness Point in August and I had a couple of locations I wanted to try in mind, so we decided to stay and see what the sunset had to offer this evening. I had a different angle on the beach huts I wanted to try in low evening light, but sea spray from the high tide meant the shot wasn’t going to work that evening, so I headed for the pier instead. As I sat waiting for the sun to set, a heavy bank of cloud gathered over Kettleness Point, so my chances of getting a good sunset were rapidly diminishing. However, conscious that it never pays to leave a sunset location too soon, I decided to hang on and see what developed. As sunset approached it became clear that the sky over Kettleness wasn’t going to play ball, but I could see that the sky behind me was showing a faint hint of pink. It’s well worth remembering to keep an eye on the sky behind you, as you never know what might be happening.
As the pink in the sky over the abbey strengthened, I decided it was time to shift my attention to that direction, so I gathered my gear and relocated to the end of the pier. I set up my tripod and camera and was just reaching into my bag to get my filter pouch when someone tried to squeeze past me. As I leaned forward to give them some room I caught my filter pouch on the lid of my bag and watched in horror as the pouch flew out of my hand towards the sea! Seeing 9 filters at roughly £80 each head for the sea below didn’t bear thinking about! Luckily the pouch hit the railings and landed on the woodwork, so all was well. I even managed to get the shot too.
I know I’ve written about this before, but it’s one thing having an idea about what you want to shoot, but it’s important to bring an open mind and work with the conditions you are presented with. It’s also a good idea to hang on until at least 15 – 30 minutes after the sun has set, as you never know how the afterglow might develop and you really don’t want to see a great sunset in your rear view mirror as you drive home do you?!