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Sunset Sunday at Portland Bill

Landscape Photography

One place I have always wanted to visit was Portland Bill Lighthouse. On so many occasions I have seen stunning sunsets captured by fellow landscape photographers at this prime location on the Southernmost point of Dorset. So on Sunday afternoon I packed up my gear and travelled down to the lighthouse with a few friends to see what we could capture. 

As we arrived the skies were clear and it looked like the perfect setting for sunset. I recently received the Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2 to test and review (as mentioned in my previous blog post) so thought I would test it out on the Lighthouse itself:

Portland Bill Lighthouse

The colour rendition from Zeiss glass is, how do I put this, simply stunning! It has all the qualities you would want in a lens - extreme sharpness from centre to the edge of the frame, minimal distortion, vibrant contrast and that signature Zeiss POP. I really am impressed with the limited time I have spent with this lens already. I'll be doing a full review and breakdown shortly after my trip to the South of France so stay tuned for the details! 

Portland Bill - Rough Sea Coastline

After spending a good couple of hours searching and scouting for a composition, I stumbled upon the incredible Pulpit Rock and straight away I knew that this was what I was looking for! 

Pulpit Rock, Portland

Out of nowhere, a vast amount of haze and dense cloud blew over from the West, ruining any chance of a colourful sky for sunset! Thankfully this was a good hour before the sun would set so I had some time to adjust my composition and find some interesting foreground to compensate for the boring sky.

I've seen many pictures of Pulpit Rock that all have similar compositions of a wide overview of the area so I wanted to capture something a little different. Limited by a boring sky, I resulted to looking for an interesting foreground when I stumbled upon this perfect crack leading straight to the rock. I set up a portrait composition, exposed for the sky and edited into this high contrast black and white:

Pulpit Rock, Portland

As the sun disappeared behind the haze I made my way further round the rock, I was liking how the portrait orientation was emphasising the size of the main subject so decided to play around with fast and long exposures, which one do you prefer?

Shot taken at 1/25s

Shot taken at 1/25s

Shot taken at 160s

Shot taken at 160s