First post of the new year, so hope you all had a good Christmas and that 2015 is kind to us all. I had hoped to get out and about much more than I did over the fortnight I had off, but as is usually the case either the weather, work, family or friends made it difficult to get out. So much so that by the time Jan 3 rolled around I was facing the prospect of returning to the grindstone without managing to get out once! So I made a concerted effort on Saturday afternoon and headed back out to my faithful Saltburn. I took some time to wander along the cleveland way at the top of the huntcliff and while there wasn’t really any great photo opportunities (well not for the lens I had packed anyway), the peace and quiet and tranquil view was a great tonic.
It wasn’t until I was heading back to the car, with the Sun long set, that I spotted a shot that was begging to be taken. It’s not very original, light trails on Saltburn Bank has been done many times, and done better I might add, but I couldn’t resist, especially with combination of the ‘Blue Hour’ and an almost Full Moon reflecting off the surface of the sea.
I set up the tripod and tried to take the shot, however the low light auto focusing of the Canon 1100d and the 10-18mm lens isn’t great so I had to resort to manual focus, which was tricky and I am a little dismayed to find that I missed the focus by quite a lot. Personally, while I love the tones and the composition of this image, the missed focus bothers me. A lot. However, after posting it on flickr it seems that it bothered others less than it bothered me and has in fact proven to be my most popular photograph to date. Within 24 hours I earned my very first ‘Flickr Explore’ which is basically a featured image for the uninitiated. This resulted in over 13,000 views and 260+ faves and comments. Go figure, and actually a bit embarrassing, but what can you do…..