In the second instalment of this series we visit the pier at Clevedon in North Somerset.
As I have posted before, this is my favourite pier. It was built by the Victorians as a jetty to take passengers to and from the steamers that visited from Devon and Wales. As such it’s not got any flashy gimmicks such as a fairground, bright lights or ice cream stalls etc. It’s just a plain and simple jetty with a simple, but ornate, canopy at its end in which passengers could shelter. It’s just perfect in my opinion.
The pier is in the Severn Estuary close to where it becomes Bristol Channel. This stretch of water has the second biggest tidal range in the world and so the pier's surroundings are constantly changing. The pier offers no end of photographic opportunities in all weathers and it is very seldom that there isn’t another photographer or two lurking. On this summer evening, the tide was just starting to recede revealing the rocks and concrete jetty at the top of the beach. The dark cloud that had dominated all day was breaking up allowing the warm afterglow of the earlier sunset to come though and reflect off the rocks. I wanted to show the pier in its environment and so included all these elements in my composition using a wide-angle lens.
Nikon D810 DSLR, 24mm lens, graduated ND filter, tripod & cable release.