On Sunday, our family took a day out and decided to drive to Brighton. We left the house around 9am and got to Brighton, after a stop at a services around 12am. I’ve only been to Brighton a few times, the last time was with some former employees at a company ‘day out’ over three years ago and had been meaning to go back. This time it was different, I was with my family, I had my camera and wanted to capture Brighton’s unique character & contrast.
Basking in the sun – Click to open
Weapon of ‘whatever you got in your bag’ (not choice)
If I had it my way and money was no object the only lenses I would of taken would of been a Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 and a Nikon 14-24mm AFS f/2.8 G ED, but if I had to choose only one it would be the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6, the reason why because of its incredible focal range. Camera body would be between a D700 DX or above, due to the high ISO capability.
However, since I have not won the lottery yet the only equipment I did take with me was what I had in my camera bag Saturday’s game, so this was my weapon of ‘choice’.
- Nikon D300s
- Nikon 70-200mm VR II – Portraits, Seagull’s or close up shots
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G DX – More of an experimental lens so I thought “What the heck might come in handy”
- Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II – My wide angle baby, been using this for years and has not let me down.
Path towards Brighton Pier – Click to open
Always try to be different
Whenever I go out somewhere nice I try to capture something that is not usually posted on a national newspaper’s website on how lovely it was on a sunny day, so with high sun throughout the day I thought, “I’m feeling black & white here”.
Soup of the day – Click to open
Path to the Old Ship Assembly Rooms at Brighton beach
I also tried some colour once and a while…
My lunch – Click to open
Family playing beach volleyball at Brighton beach
I came to Brighton to not just be a little different but to also capture the ‘character’ of Brighton. What I mean is whenever you go to either Camden Town, Soho in London or maybe Rome, Amsterdam or even Berlin you would always find a good amount of individuals or groups dressing up and being proud of who they are, who they represent and being part of that area.
When I was walking in Brighton, mostly around the beach areas and pier’s all I noticed was everyone wearing the same boring thing, cloths from Topshop, Burtons, M&S. My point is where were the ‘mods and rockers’, the punks, where were the people who wanted to be different, some form of character uniqueness that would speak out “this is me” & ‘I am who I am’.
Fortunately, I kept my eyes peeled and I did find a few little gems.
A old Mod – Click to open
Old sea captain – Click to open
I AM WHO I AM – Click to open
Biker at Brighton beach – Click to open
I must admit Brighton was very busy and nearly lost myself twice. However, the good thing about shooting on location is that ‘anything goes’ and being blessed with digital film I always found something interesting to capture.
Lovers at Brighton Pier – Click to open
Making my wildlife photography debut…not bad I must say – Click to open
Ready for take off – Click to open
Brighton Pier warning sign – Click to open
Family day out at Brighton Pier
Finding direction – Click to open
Best rooms in house – Click to open
Aside from a little sun burn I had a brilliant day out and would love to come back…thank you Brighton
As far as the eye can see – Click to open