Every now and again the gods of photography smile on you. This shot called “The Ramp” was taken at a third time of thinking about this location yesterday morning in Bexhill on Sea. The first time I saw the ramp all I could see was the Lampposts and so we walked on.
After a slow wander along Bexhill sea front were I got other pictures that will be appearing on my blog we started to walk back home. I then started to think about the railway station pedestrian ramp again and as it was not on our route home I dismissed the idea. But there was still a little niggle in the back of my mind there was a potential picture there. So I made an executive decision and went back to the station with David Mills ARPS my excellent friend and host.
This time I realised that if I bent down with the 20mm lens I could eliminate the distracting lampposts. I asked David to walk up the ramp to create some human interest and a dark figure in the distance. As luck would have it a man on a bike came down the ramp at exactly the right time. The 20mm lens was wide open at f1.8 even with that aperture and focusing on the foreground David is still quite defined. I would have prefered him to be more of a blur.
Post – production crop to square to increase the strength of the diagonal composition, 1600 ASA film grain and a Red Filter to darken the blue sky were added with Silver Efex Pro 2 via Photoshop. This is probably my favourite print of the year so far.
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(c) Andy Beel FRPS