Sussex - Day 5

 Nikon D800E 28-300mm VR Zoom lens

The coast from Seaford to Eastbourne on the English Channel coast in Sussex is a landscape icon in the UK. Beachy Head with its lighthouses and the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters are well known coastal landmarks. The shot at the top of the page is an example of how these are often photographed. However, I wanted to show these places in the context of where they are in relation to the landscape behind them, the South Downs. I decided to do this by shooting a series of very wide panoramas.


Leica X2


Sony RX100


Sony RX100

The three pictures above were shot in a gale. It looks quite benign on the images but I had real trouble standing up and returning to my car was against the wind with dust and gravel blowing in my face. It was also very cold. 

However, the pictures show the sweep of the downs behind the coast and shows how the cliffs were created as a result of the UK breaking away from the European mainland milions of years ago. These chalk cliffs are still constantly eroding. Part of Beachy Head (Bottom Picture) fell into the sea only a few years ago. 

If you are wondering why on a sunny August afternoon I seem to have the whole place to myself, thats because I've removed all the people and cars. Partly because it eliminates the problems of copyright for stock photography but mostly because I wanted the images to be about the landscape itself and not about how we interact with it.


Nikon D800E 28-300 VR Zoom lens

The Seven Sisters is a much photographed place. Indeed, I've been here before three times and have taken many successful images, including some that have sold very well. Having found a new way to approach the cliffs, I again looked to create these contexual panoramas showing the position of the cliffs in relation to the surrounding landscape.

 

Nikon D800E 28-300 VR Zoom lens


Nikon D800E 28-300 VR Zoom lens 

I particularly like the bottom one above, showing the river flowing into the sea, the path from a nature reserve and the two isolated cottages. This consisted of 9 images from the D800E images and with the 36MP / 103 MB file size took a while to stitch together. However unlike many images of the landmark, it shows what you actually see as you approach it which to my mind makes this wonderful place even more special.

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