It’s the start of the end of the pier show!

I recently went to Norfolk for a short break.  It was the week before Easter, and everywhere had the feel of being slightly out of season.  I stayed in the town of Cromer, which has a traditional pier which was undergoing the last part of a restoration after being damaged in a winter storm surge a couple of years before.

Creative photography training with Derek Gale

“The pier by night”

The pier looked very attractive in the evening with its floodlights.  I photographed it about half an hour after sunset, so there was still some light in the sky and some detail in the sea.  I had to crop off a builders’ skip in the foreground!

Creative photography training with Derek Gale

“Fisheye on the pier”

The following morning, after overnight rain, it looked less appealing, but I thought there must be something I could do with my fisheye lens.  I applied a grainy B&W effect in-camera, to give good atmosphere, and tried to keep everything symmetrical.

Creative photography training with Derek Gale

“In the shelter”

It wasn’t the best of weather that day, and a couple of people were taking advantage of the shelter…  …to shelter (oddly enough).  The B&W conversion simplified the image and made the figures more prominent.

Cromer pier has just won the “Pier of the Year” award for 2015, even though not much of 2015 has passed.  Though the holiday season has yet to start, it’s never out of season for photography.

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