Outdoor Photography is my favourite photography magazine. In December, I plucked up the courage to send them a selection of my black and white images. I was surprised and delighted when they contacted me to say one of my images (above) had been accepted. It has just been published, with the following blurb:
“This was taken at Fistral Beach in Newquay. While my family surfed, I had a very happy couple of hours pottering about the shore with tripod and filters. This is a blend of two exposures, two minutes to smooth out the water and create space, and a faster one for the yacht. I wanted to capture a sense of the tiny yacht being dwarfed by Nature.”
My first 365/42 is from 11th February 2010. I had gone to the RHS gardens at Wisley to photograph the butterflies in the glasshouse but it was this cheeky little robin, encountered as I walked towards the glasshouse, who ended up capturing my fancy.
Strangely enough, I discovered that on 11th February 2013, I was at Wisley photographing the butterflies again! Here’s one from that day, actually of a butterfly this time.
My 365/43 is from 12th February 2009. Although last year’s floods were extreme, there is often winter flooding on the Thames. In 2009, it was strong enough to beak this boat from its moorings and cast it up onto the banks of Desborough Island.
Finally, it’s back to the 2014 floods for my 365/44: Walton Bridge with its feet in water.
This time last year, my local area was affected by unusually heavy flooding. The Thames burst its banks on a scale we hadn’t seen since 1947. I captured as much of it as I could, fascinated by the changed landscape. My 365/40 and 41 are images not previously shared here, of Walton Quay (41) and the Thames towpath between Molesey and Hampton Court (40).
I had to include one more picture, even though it has appeared on Focused Moments before. This last image, snapped as the flood water came rushing in, was the closest I have come to having an image go ‘viral’ on social media. It was shared 450 times on Facebook alone with views well into 5 figures. The view seems innocuous enough but to people who know the area, it was a unique sight.
For my 365/13 and 14, I have turned back the clock by just a year. This time last year Surrey was suffering the second of three bouts of severe flooding. I was very busy, documenting my changed local landscape. It was an absorbing project, although always tinged with sadness for those more directly affected. In January, we did not know that the worst was yet to come.
I didn’t share these two pictures at the time, preferring to concentrate on images that showed the severity of the floods to everyone, not just those who know this area. So it is nice to go back and give these others an airing now.
For those who like to know, the top shot has a shutter speed of 246 seconds, at f/11, using my 10-stop ND filter (aka the Big Stopper).
Last month I posted some photographs of the floods along my local stretch of the River Thames, between Weybridge and Hampton.
As many will know, the Thames has burst its banks again, only more so.
Walton Bridge from Thames Meadow
I took these photos today and yesterday. If you are not familiar with the area, these images will not have as much impact but, for locals, the inundated landscape is a weird and frightening sight, strangely beautiful at times, but bringing suffering to so many.
Fire Brigade rescuing people from flooded homes
The people I saw being evacuated were outwardly cheerful, putting a brave face on a horrible situation.
Sadly, more rain is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week – I fear the worst is yet to come.
The Thames claims Walton Lane
As some of you may have read on the news, here in Surrey we are experiencing some seriously epic flooding as the Thames bursts its banks.
This is usually a meadow.
We are safe and dry at home here, safely removed by a small hill from the danger, but I have friends who are anxiously watching as the water level rises ever higher.
Desborough Island is now Desborough Lake
I could hardly resist popping out today and yesterday to capture the changed landscape, or should I say waterscape, of my local area.
A swan claims new territory
We’re going to need a bigger bridge!
f7.1, 1/140, ISO 640, 35mm
The new bridge over the Thames at Walton-on-Thames, the town next to ours, is nearing completion. Here it catches the last rays of sun behind a rower and resident flock of seagulls.