Point of Ayr, Lighthouse on Talacre Beach –> Flintshire, North Wales
Having seen an advert in the paper for free chipping in a pet shop in Flint, we decided to go & make the most of the hour long trip by hanging out on Talacre Beach for a while.
Back in 2004 [old age alert!?] I used to live in this area and spent a ridiculous amount of time on this very beach with Henry. Bringing the twins was like a step back in time. The weather was awful but we still managed to catch some pictures of the lighthouse. Some might remember it from the Dulux ad back in 2011; I also found this cool little clip on YouTube [no idea how they took that by the way; attach a camera to a drone…?]
On the picture above you can see the other problem I encounter on a regular basis: blurriness! I spent a considerable amount of time reading EVERYTHING there is to know about shutter speed but it just wasn’t connecting with my simple little brain. I like my explanations factual & visual and preferably written in the plainest English there is. Show me a diagram that tells me exactly what to do in times of a crisis and I’m a happy bunny. To stop me from feeling frustrated I ended up printing basic little diagrams that I laminated and now carry with me everywhere.
Since these pictures were taken I have played around with shutter speed settings. A lot. I made one of our apprentices jump. I watched our fire team extract a live dummy from a small hole. I captured flames. And I was brave enough to crank up the ISO. I guess we’ll have to go back to the beach to take sharp shots of the twins running. I don’t mind!
[PS: I discovered that freezing movement works for me and my 10-20mm F3.5 lens from a speed of 500 onwards. You can do this in Shutter Priority mode – and let the camera pick the best aperture – or you can play around on manual until you find the right aperture & ISO to go with your shutter speed. I find that now I have found a benchmark my brain can cope with, it’s easy to play around until you find the match you’re after ^_^]