For the weekend I headed out of London to see the Bonfire and Procession at Battle, and annual gathering of societies that walks through the streets with flaming torches, flares and super loud firecrackers before setting fire to a file of trees and watching a firework show. It was pretty loud, but good fun.
On the way back to London we stopped at Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, to check out the castle and gardens, and dabble in a bit of long exposure photography while dodging the rain.
The grounds of the castle are quite extensive with vast acres of lake and woodland, and also a pretty easy yew hedge maze. I saw only a fraction of it in my few hours there. The interior of the castle itself was also nice, though had lost some of its charm due to being decorated for Halloween; I’m normally a fan such things but in this case it looked out of place among the antique furniture and themed rooms.
For this image I put the 10 stop filter on to the 24mm glass and used a TriggerTrap remote connected to my iPhone to expose for around 1 minute. As well as showing movement in the clouds this had the added benefit of getting rid of the people who were milling around the entrance taking photos of themselves and dawdling along – as long as they didn’t stay still for too long they disappeared from the scene.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Focal length: 24mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 59s