No. 16/32 #Project 32

Marlow, Buckinghamshire (No. 16/32)

During my time in Berkshire I'd walked past this view many times, I knew there was something there but it was (and still is) riddled with challenges. Composition seems straight forward but what you can't see on the main image is that there's a metal jetty in the foreground just in front of the wooden jetty. Only by very careful positioning of tripod and camera height can this be suitably 'cut out' of the composition without eating into the front of the wooden jetty. 

Secondly, the weir to the left side of the image has a slightly ugly metal fence around it which can be obvious in brighter lighting, and the other issue can be a procession of boats and/or kayakers getting in the way. Put all of this together and I thought it's quite possible I'm going to need to make various sunset time visits to try and get something decent...In lots of ways I got lucky on this first attempt...

I had 'hot footed it' from work to quickly drop something with a friend on the way to Marlow, thankfully the traffic wasn't too bad and I managed to park very close to the location. Sunset was due at 6.30pm and throughout the 30min drive from work the sky was packed full of deep orange and I really thought I'd missed the show. The couple sat drinking a bottle of wine on a nearby bench looked annoyingly smug when they said "oh, you've missed the best bit"... However, the pre-planning and visualising I'd already done in my head meant that within a couple of minutes of my arrival I was set-up and shooting what you see above (I hope all that wine put some calories on your waist Mrs!).

You can see the main image in it's #Project 32 place by viewing the gallery


Soon after, and with the colours receding, I made a little iPhone snap of my shooting position (you can see the ugly metal jetty), see below:

I hung around for 45 mins or so after sunset as often you can get an amazing 'afterglow' that your eyes don't see but the camera can pick up if you use a nice long exposure. However the clouds were moving in and it never ignited as I hoped. I've included a couple of the later night shots below, just for interest...

Alternative later shot at Marlow

Alternative later shot at Marlow

Alternative later shot at Marlow

Alternative later shot at Marlow