We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail photograph or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. ~ John F. Kennedy, with a slight edit by me

I've been making a real effort recently to photograph locally. As in not more then a 30 minute drive away type of local. Although in fairness I am somewhat spoilt here as the sea is just 15 minutes away from my house so it is not exactly a struggle. However, and I have spoken about this before, it is important to not lose sight of what photographic opportunities lie at your door as you while away the hours dreaming about shooting in far off lands. 

On this particular occasion, being last Thursday, I headed down to Dún Laoghaire with the very specific intention of shooting a particular slip at high tide. Unfortunately when I arrived at the location I realised it was behind locked gates (lesson: do more homework!). So I decided to spend some time on the East Pier to assess a number of other compositions I had in mind. Oh and get rained on. A lot! However between the showers the clouds and light were fantastic so I did not mind having to huddle down for the heavier downpours.

As it was coming close to Sunset I decided to head to another location I've had in mind for a while now, although I had always arrived at low tide and the composition I had in mind would not work. On this occasion though the tide was still relatively high at the time of sunset. I'll be honest here; with the rain, cloud cover becoming increasingly heavy and the fact that the sun sets behind my left ear at this time of year for this composition I was not holding out a huge amount of hope. But it just goes to show, you should never give up hope and Be There just in case! 

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Mamiya M645 Sekor C 35mm f/3.5 N
Exposure: 10 secs
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35mm
ISO Speed: 100

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