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The following photo essay captured a weekend away in sunny Eastbourne, UK. Fantastic weather and the odd glass of Pimms made this a spectacular weekend getaway. We travelled from London south for around 1h 30min to arrive at the seaside resort.
With photography in mind we made a conscious decision to focus on the highlights. The crown jewel of Eastbourne is “Beachy Head”. Eastward from the city centre Beachy Head is home to the highest chalk sea cliffs in Great Britain. These are a sight to behold at 162m straight down to the ocean below.
Two great subjects (aside from the cliffs) are the lighthouses. The first of which is built high on the cliffs. It was later realised that during heavy sea fog, this lighthouse was obscured from view. Endangering the passing ships that relied on it. Shortly afterwards construction on a second lighthouse commenced on the rocks below.
The height of the cliffs has also made it one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world. There are an estimated 20 deaths by suicide a year at Beachy Head. Worldwide, the suicide rate is surpassed only by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Aokigahara Woods in Japan. It is such a sad waste of a beautiful natural wonder.
They were all taken with the following gear:
- Canon 5d Mark III
- Canon 70 – 200 f2.8 II
- Canon 24 – 105 f4
- Tiffen Variable ND Filter
- Tiffen Polarising Filter
- Three Legged Thing Tripod
- Photoshop CC
- Lightroom CC
- Google Colour Efex Pro 2
If you have been out shooting coastal photos recently, drop a link to your photos the comments below and share them with the community. I feel the Northern Hemisphere would greatly appreciate one last hit of summer! Take care guys and HAPPY SHOOTING!
Eastbourne Photo Essay
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New Zealand travel photographer based in London, UK. He was taking photos from a very young age in the backcountry of New Zealand before moving abroad. Since doing so he has taken workshops and tried to help get as many people into this art as possible. Featured in NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz and many photography publications it’s safe to say he loves his photography!