crossing the channel

Finally crossing the English Channel in descent light conditions….

Having crossed the English channel now multiple times and always being let down by the light – mainly caused by time of travel – this late August weekend finally provided the opportunity to make some decent photographs.


We were leaving Dover just at around 6pm. The skies were bright & blue but you could feel the warm soft light of the late summer evening sun streaming in.

The first two photographs shown were taken at departure in Calais, France. I used the Cokin P121 ND8 Grad Filter to capture these. I personally like when skies run from light to very dark – that may not be everyones cup of tea but it suits my taste.
I got, as usual, carried away photographing, so I did not attempt to switch filters to maybe a soft grad. Don’t get me wrong, I like the outcome of these – I am just a little annoyed to have missed the opportunity to experiment properly.

When approaching Dover a solid one and a half hours later on the “Pride of Kent” (what a little slow rusty vessel that is… ), it was quite a bit darker and I switched filters to the P121L, the soft grad ND2 from Cokin.

I found it incredibly hard to capture the beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. There is the range of cliffs, and no real focal point. Other than the industrial and ferry harbour, the only scenic object is a lighthouse on top of the cliffs. But that certainly gets lost in my shots. I will have to think about that one.

For now I am happy with the photographs I managed to make – and there will be more channel crossing trips coming up.


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