A few weeks back, after visiting a relative in Hastings, I took a walk along the cliffs through some quite dense sea fog and then down to Winchelsea Beach. I was heading for Rye, some miles away, just to see what I could find along this stretch of coast that I had not visited since I was a boy.
I wasn't expecting to get much in the way of decent photographs because of the fog, but once I got down to the beach I realised that my timing had been rather fortuitous. The fog was gone, I could look back up to the cliffs and see the clouds rolling back over them. It was late in the day, so the sun was low in the sky. The sea looked quite lively, and this low autumnal sun, combined with the cloud created an amazing light that was reflecting in the rock pools. I had timed it right for the tide too.
I took a lot of pictures of virtually the same scene, but the light, cloud and sea were all changing so rapidly as I walked about, that there was a wealth of interesting material.
The sun got lower and the light took on a peachy glow, causing the sea to look like it was in an oil painting. It was beautiful.
I walked until it got dark. In fact, I got a bit lost as I approached Rye, and by the time I got to the station I was exhausted, its a fair distance.
The pictures here are representative of what I saw. I like to keep realism in my photography, you can see so much over-treated landscape photography on the net at the moment. I struggle to see why it is so popular. I did alter the levels in the skies a bit, just as you would in a darkroom, but that was about it. Skies and ground areas often need different settings as a camera does not work in the same way as our brains do - our brains compensate for the differences in light levels, whereas a camera can only calculate things literally (at the moment).
The end results look a little sombre I suppose, but I feel that I captured some of that painterly-ness I witnessed on the beach that day.
You should never let adverse weather put you off, it can lead to some spectacular and unexpected sights.