Dungeness, The Boat Graveyard

October 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Dungeness is situated on the Kent coast about two and half hours drive from London and it is the furthest point in the East of Kent. Dungeness was a thriving fishing area in the past and all that remains are old fishing boats, hence it is known lovingly by the name, the boat graveyard.  The area is very flat and has a shingle beach dipping into the sea and on the other side, it is dominated by a power station.  There are two lighthouses on the site but one is out of service and the newer one is not very photogenic but serves its purpose.  The area also has a nature reserve with RSPB Dungeness on the Romney Marshes.  I've heard many a story about how wonderful it is to shoot at the location. I visited in the latter part of August in the summer and planned to go on a clear day as to photography the Milky Way, which I heard could be seen on a clear night.

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Canon 6D, 24-70mm F2.8 IS, shot at 24mm, F8, 1/60sec, ISO 100 with Lee polariser and 3stop Nd Grad

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I arrived an hour and a half before sunset and gave myself time to take in the area.  It was a surreal experience as there was no one around for such a beautiful evening.  There were as expected, many boats and also abandoned huts but amongst this, there were also small wooden homes which resembled scenes of places like Iceland and Norway.  There was much to explore and I took a few images just before sunsets above but the sun was setting so I  had to find the right composition and set up before the light fades.  

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 24mm, F8, 1/20 sec, ISO 100 with Lee polariser, 6 stop Nd and a 3stop Nd Grad

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The first image I captured was just as the sun was level with the horizon with the modern boat(not sure if it was still in use) as the focal point and I just wanted to capture a simple image of the setting sun.  Unfortunately, the sun was dipping fast so I had to be quick and head over to another beautiful boat which seemed a lot older and also had a fishing net dangling over the side.  In this second image the sun is to the right of the image so there was a nice glow in the background and the oranges in the sky looked amazing against the blue boat.

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 31mm, F8, 4mins, ISO 100 with Lee polariser, 6 stop Nd and a 3stop Nd Grad

I stayed at the same spot for another shot but with this image I noticed that there was lots of movement in the clouds and they were moving quite fast in the background. There was also a bigger bank moving in behind the boat so I waited for them to move closer and then I went for a longer exposure of 4 minutes to give clouds a bit of motion.  The sun had set so I decide to take an image of the blue hour of the small fishing hut whilst I waited for total darkness and the Milky Way to appear.  

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 16mm, F8, 3secs, ISO 400 with Lee polariser and a 3stop Nd Grad

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It was another hour and a half before it had become completely dark and the earlier clouds had moved on and the Milky Way was in full view but there was another bank of clouds moving in and it was a matter of time they would cover the now clear skies so again it was a race against time to take the images.  I had already planned my images earlier and there were only two images that I thought would work. 

My first image was of a old boat which I has seen earlier and it was isolated with it being the focal point I wanted to capture the Milky Way behind the boat.   I had to take into consideration the the light pollution from the power station  to the right of the image and try not to capture the glow but unfortunately it was unavoidable so there was some light pollution but I was very happy with the image.  

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Photography as much as it is a profession, it is also about having fun so with that in mind I wanted to grab a selfie with the Milky Way! I wanted to take an image of me in one of the boats shining my torch towards the Milky Way. I struggled into one of the older boats(not getting any younger!)but they were a very uneven and I couldn't stand still so the images weren't as I expected.  I then decide to get into one of the modern boats and it was much better and stable! I managed to capture an image where it give the impression that I am sailing through the stars!   What a way to end the night.

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Canon 6D, 16-35mm F4 IS, shot at 16mm, F4, 30secs, ISO 1600 
 

Dungeness is a wonderful photography location and I highly recommend a visit.  If you are planning to also capture the Milky Way, please do plan ahead to ensure you get the best possibility to capture this amazing site.  There are many Apps which are available to help you plan your trip but I personally use PhotoPills and Clear Outside as I find them to be 2 of the best Apps out there. I hope you enjoyed the the images and don't forget to follow me on social media.

 

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