The Golden Cliffs
21st October 2010 - 0 comments
The sunset tonight looked promising with lots of clouds in the sky, but with a band of clear sky at the horizon, so I set off to the Freshwater beach end of Hive beach, near the river inlet to see if I could capture the curves and sweep of the river against a sunset.

As I arrived with time to spare, the clouds were beginning to clear but it was almost high tide and the waves were running over the bank that at the river entrance and the river itself was flowing quite fast ..... so I could not easily cross to the other side. After my adventures with water last week, I decided to play it safe and keep on the West Bay side.

As sunset approached, the sun did drop below the clouds and the cliffs lit up and some of the clouds caught the light too. As there was a light wind, the clouds were tracking across the sky quite nicely, so I got the 10 stop filter out to try some long exposure shots. As I was using the old camera and lens, I was using the B+W screw in filter, which gives a very warm tone to the shots, which was adjusted later in Photoshop.

The long exposure captured the reflection in the water reasonably well, although the waves were rippling the surface constantly, but not a bad light.

The sun was dropping behind lines of clouds as it set and the colours in the sky were changing quite quickly, so with a 2 minute plus exposure, I managed to capture most of the action.

Sunset over Hive Beach
17th October 2010 - 0 comments
After a very busy weekend at the Eat Dorset Food Fair, up at Parnham House, near Beaminster, I was ready to relax and sit down for a while, so I went down to my favourite beach and watched the sunset develop.

Only having my old camera was a bit of a shame as the entire sky started to glow. All around the sky lit up and as the sun ducked below the horizon, behind the clouds, the sky really started to take on some wonderful colours.

I started playing around with some of the boats in the foreground until 2 people came and sat down right in the middle of the shot, so I moved down to the waters edge and started to frame a new shot. After a few attempts I decided to get my ND110 10-stop filter out and try some long exposures to get some movement in the clouds, and to accentuate the colours developing across the sky.

I really liked the result and its a shame I only had my old Nikon D50 available.

Freshwater to West Bay
13th October 2010 - 0 comments
The last of my recent visit down to Hive Beach, Freshwater Beach at the very low tide. For this shot, I visted the river outlet at Freshwater to see if I could capture the snake-shape of the river flowing out to see, but that wasn't taking the shape I wanted.

Instead, I waded out into the middle of the flow, standing on a small sandbank, and looked out towards West Bay and Golden Cap in the backgroud.

I used the Lee 'Big Stopper' to slow down the movement of the waves, which were running high up the beach in a long sweeping motion.

The Rogue Rocks.
11th October 2010 - 0 comments
It appears that my camera, the Nikon D90 and Sigma 10-20mm lens, that went swimming yesterday, is not well at all. Having trried to dry them out, they are not working and they will have to be repaired, so there may be a lack of images posted for a few days while I get that sorted.

As promised in yesterdays blog post, there were a few pictures I took yesterday that were still to come. I have added them below.

Having got up early for a sunrise shoot, only to find low cloud, I headed off to the beach at Burton Bradstock where I knew high tide was due, and the previous days had been very rough and exciting. The weather had changed and the waves were lolling up the beach. I got carried away taking images to show different wave patterns using long exposures, but here are a couple I liked. Both were taken with the Lee 'Big Stopper' to capture the movmeent in the water as the sunlight was already quite harsh.

Later in the day, I ventured down to the Freshwater end of Hive Beach, where the dreaded rocks were that drowned me and my camera, but before we got the soaking, I managed to take a few shots of the rogue rocks where it all happenend seconds later. Again, the 'Big Stopper' was used to slow things down and allow the movement of the water to form into mist.

An eventful day at Freshwater Beach
10th October 2010 - 0 comments
It was an eventful day today. I got up early as it looked like mist was lying across Bridport so I ventured up the hills to try and capture the sunrising across the town, but alas, it was low level cloud and I didn't see the sun until nearly 10.

So instead I went off to Hive Beach for another high spring tide, but as the wind had turned to the North, all the waves were being reduced to a rolling action, rather than a crashing one. I managed to capture a few early morning shots.

Later in the day I went back to the beach, starting at the Freshwater end of Hive Beach, where a large collection of rocks, ledges and seaweed had been uncovered by the low tide. I managed to capture some good shots today and I was a happy boy.

Towards the end of the shoot, as I ventured back to the Hive Beach Cafe (the best cafe on the South Coast, if not the UK), I stopped at a set of larger uncovered rocks/boulders to try out some long exposure shots. As I was setting up the camers, fixing the tripod so it was sturdy in amongst the rocks and waves, a large wave caught me off guard and sent me flying, and the camera/tripod too. That was the end of the shoot and the camera is currently drying off on a radiator with a hair drier aimed at it too.

It may have been an expensive afternoon as my Sigma 10-20 went swimming too which has water inside the lens, so I think thats the end of that.

There's a few to come on Flickr over the next day or two as I process them, but here's one of my favourites from today.

Low tide at Hive Beach
09th October 2010 - 0 comments
Today saw one of the lowest tides of the year at Hive Beach, uncovering the rock ledges half-way along towards Freshwater. It seems there also a low weather system out in the Atlantic, bringing in some strong Easterly winds and causing quite a swell. The nett result was a a fast moving tide, with strong winds (20-25knts) which meant the water was running up the beach a long way. As always with the waves, every 6-7th wave brings a larger, more powerful one, so today I got wet.

I ended up standing on the rocks below the ledge, getting covered in spray, and then a large wave would come through covering my boots completely and once, the water came up over my kness and up to the tops of my things. At that point not only did I decide I had probably had enough, but I grabbed my camera and tripod and headed for the beach as quick as I could.

The sun was coming out from behind the cluds sporadically and I decided to use the 10-stop filter for one or two of the shots, to create the misty effect. Mostly I shot with a 4-stop allowing for shutter speeds of 0.3 - 0.6 second to show the movement.

Despoite a host of walkers out enjoying the beach in the sunshine, I managed to capture a number of shots without too much interuption.

Hope you enjoy them. Here are a couple, but there are more on Flickr.

Dusky sunset over Hive Beach
03rd October 2010 - 0 comments
I went out for a walk at sunset, up Hive Beach towards the fallen rocks at Freshwater, to see what I could find. Sunset was looking a bit greay and cloudy, so I was focusing on the rocks and shooting towards Portland, using the sunlight to illuminate the rocks. It was looking great, so I turned roiund to find the sky alight with dusky pink, lighting up the lower clouds.

I wasn't in the best spot for a great composition, and the pink light was fading afst from the clouds, so I quickly setup and captured a few shots.

I dont think they'll make the site as they are quite noisy and there was a lot of spray in the air.

Here's one of the better ones.

Another mistless morning .... at Corfe Castle
02nd October 2010 - 0 comments
The forcast was looking promising for a really good show at Corfe Castle this morning. A warm day yesterday followed by a cold night, low winds and a bit of cloud in the skies. It certainly sounded good enough to get up at silly o'clock and drive the hour across to Corfe.

As I left Bridport and drove across towards Dorchester, the mists were laying in the valleys and all was looking like a real cracker was in store. However, as I neared Corfe, although the mists were still around, they had thinned substantially and there was none around the castle. What a shame.

A group of us had met up for an early morning shoot, so Good Morning and well done to Kev, Sue, Mike & Alan and his made dog, who made the trek worthwhile.

Although the mist was missing from the castle, it was laying out across the landscape of Poole Harbour, Arne Forest and out towards Wareham and Wimborne. Still the only thing lacking was a bit of good light.

'Til another day.

These were a couple of the better shots from the mornings visit ....

Wild weather at West Bay
01st October 2010 - 0 comments
A colourful sunset went on at West Bay tonight, amongst the wind and waves, which brought out a few surfers amongst the swell.

I think the filters must have got covered in spray because the image isn't quite as shorp as I would have liked. I was standing on the rocks right by the waterside, with the waves crashing a couple of feet away, so its not surprising. The air was full of spray and it took a number of goes to get the shots, but I think the perserverance paid off.

The surfers were certainly having a great time: great to see them out on the water at West Bay.

Images used by the National Trust
01st October 2010 - 0 comments
Three of my images have recently been licensed by the National Trust for use on their new camper van.

The van travels around sites mainly in West Dorset, attending fairs and events, allowing the public much closer contact with the National Trust team. You can follow Ben, Caroline and the team on their own Blog here.

It was very exciting to work with the NT Team on this project as we waded through the images of Dorset that I have in my portfolio to find the ones that suited their use. They were very clear on what they wanted and it didn't take too long to find the right images.

I have worked with the NT before, as I also work for the Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock, as a freelance photographer, and often work in conjunction with the National Trust on events.

So, if you see the van driving around Dorset, give them a wave or a toot on your horn and if you see them parked up, go and see the photo's for yourself.

Website live
01st October 2010 - 0 comments
I have now setup the first Gallery and 'turned on' my new website, so I hope you enjoy the pictures.
I am using the site as a simple method of showing my portfolio of work and making it available to those who'd like to purchase copies and prints.
I will be updating it regularly from here on in, adding more galleries, adding the shopping cart and blogging more often.... and I may even get out to take some new photos.
I hope you enjoy the site and please feel free to leave comments and suggestions and make contact.
I am availalbe in South and South West as a Freelance Photographer and have been involved in various sporting events, landscape assignments, food photography and more.
I have recently had some of my images published by the National Trust, who used them to wrap their NT Camper Van which tours the Dorset coastline. It was great to see them on such a large scale and the team of Ben and Caroline had received many favourable comments about it.
More coming soon ....
New Site
06th September 2010 - 0 comments
Well, here we go. This is a new web site launched to show the photographic work of Graham Wiffen.
I will be loading a number of galleries up on the site to cover the different types of work that I have been involved with.
I hope you enjoy the site and I look forward to hearing from you with comments/posts of your own.
I also hope to meet up with you on my many excursions across the South and South West.

Kind regards
Graham Wiffen