I had to collect a new set of winter tyres and alloys down in Northumberland so took the chance to make a day off it and get some pics. I managed to get up at the required 5.30am but on the way down the A1 I needed to pull into a parking spot to get forty winks to make sure I was driving safely. That changed my destination from Dunstanburgh to Bamburgh.
I have spent a good few hours on the glorious Bamburgh Beach but this was my first visit around high tide. As it was the weekend the beach had at least 10 fellow toggers looking forward to the light.
I had just got a grip for the D850 and decided to leave it on to see how the batteries would hold up. That was mistake number one. I set up for my first composition and the light and clouds were looking very promising. I guess most photographers will know that lovely feeling of excitement when the horizon is clear and there are some nice clouds waiting to be lit up. Everything was looking great and any competent photographer was guaranteed a few good shots.
The wind was blowing and the wee plate on the bottom of my grip wasn’t giving me the stability needed. It was also slightly loose and I never had an allen key with me. My next mistake was not noticing that my polariser was covered in salt spray from a previous outing. The light continued to improve and the waves were crashing in. One sneaked up on me and filled my wellies which only added to my dismay.
Filter cleaned and exposure shortened to help with the wobbly plate helped but the best of it was already gone and I just managed a few exposures.
Very disappointed I trudged off back to the car and had to drown my sorrows with a coffee and some pasties in Greggs.
Next stop was Roker Pier. The sea was a wee bit further out than I expected and I clicked away with some nice light here and there. Long exposures seemed to give the best results.
I’ve been pretty lucky since starting the blog and have taken quite a few images I have been very pleased with. Luck definitely played a big part but so did knowing my equipment and being able to click away on auto pilot. The D850 is a great camera and very similar to the D810 I am so familiar with. However, my curiosity and the lack of an l bracket has stopped me getting quite a few shots. The l-bracket is now here and I have spent some time with the camera. Next week will give me plenty opportunities to use the D850 as I am off to Anglesey for a couple of days and will then have some opportunities for night shots in Leeds or York and a day in the lakes.