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Sunrise and Sunset Special

Dorset Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is all about getting out and shooting, no matter what gear you have or the locations available to you. Luckily enough I am located in a prime Dorset location just twenty minutes from the likes of Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding Jurassic Coast, and thirty from some incredible photography locations around the New Forest.

After waking up at 06:00 to capture what was forecast to be a clear sunrise over Knowlton Church, upon arrival it was clear that the incoming fog had other plans. The composition I had in my head just wasn’t working as none of the vibrant colours from the sunrise presented themselves through the thick fog.

1/10th at F/16, ISO100 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

1/10th at F/16, ISO100 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

1/25th at F/16, ISO100 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

1/25th at F/16, ISO100 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

With a failed attempt at getting the shot I was looking for in the morning, I managed to run down to Bournemouth Beach after work and grab the remains of the stunning sunset. Not very often I get the opportunity to shoot both sunrise and sunset so I was super excited to compare the results!

1/10th at F/16, ISO50 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

1/10th at F/16, ISO50 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

I am yet to review the latest edition to my kit, the Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8, but initial thoughts are amazing! It is incredibly sharp right across the frame straight from F2.8 and as soon as you hit F4, the image is tack sharp from the centre all the way to the edges. I mean seriously, if one thing could summarise the definition of sharp, this lens would be it! With this being the first ultra-wide angle lens I’ve owned I can safely say the image quality and colour rendition is up there with the Sony Zeiss 55mm F1.8.

1/10th at F/16, ISO50 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

1/10th at F/16, ISO50 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

All images captured this morning and this evening were on the 18mm and processed in Lightroom CC – simple adjustments to white balance and shadows to bring out those finer details the dynamic range of the Sony A7ii capture.

1/10th at F/16, ISO100 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

1/10th at F/16, ISO100 on the Zeiss Batis 18mm

I’ll be trying to get out as much as possible over the coming weeks to put the Batis 18mm to test and will be releasing a real world review very soon!