Monday, April 12, 2010

Photographing on the promenade

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"Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside,
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll upon the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play: 'Tiddely-
from the popular British music hall song of 1907 by John A. Glover-Kind

It's not often that you hear a brass brand on the British seaside promenade (prom) these days. In fact the sound of a brass brand anywhere is much less common than even fifty years ago. In 1907 they would have been commonplace.

But, whether there be a brass band or not, a stroll along the promenade is always a pleasure, and one that people enjoy these days whatever the weather. On our recent visit to Cromer we walked and cycled along early in the morning and found plenty of other people of similar mind, taking the air, gazing out to sea, and pausing to watch the crab boats being unloaded.

After living close to the Fylde Coast of Lancashire for twenty years I'm well aware of the photographic opportunities that the promenade can offer. In fact, some of my best images have been gleaned in such locations. So, when I looked at this sloping route that connects the various levels of the prom near the pier I thought it would make a good background for a shot of people. I waited a few minutes and took several photographs with individuals and groups at different positions. This one is the best of the collection for the location of the people at the intersection of lines and for the bright spot of red (and green/blue) among the monotone sky and dark surroundings.

photograph & text (c) T. Boughen

Camera: Olympus E510
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 70mm (140mm/35mm equiv.)
F No: f6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
ISO: 100
Exposure Compensation: -0.3 EV
Image Stabilisation: On