East Lane, Decoy Ponds, Bawdsey
The storm builds menacingly over the lagoons at East Lane, Bawdsey, its thunder clouds languish across the sky like smoky grey drapes. The air is heavy with expectation, all of nature seems to be waiting for that first crack of thunder to shatter the silence and the subsequent cloudburst which is threatening to break and quell the heat of this late summer evening.
As I wander along the waters edge looking for inspiration and a suitable spot to set up my tripod I disturb a snipe from his hiding place at the base of a clump of reeds. Taking to the air without a sound he quickly departs zig zaging his way along the edge of the water.
My eyes follow him as he crosses the mirror like surface of the lagoon before vanishing in the vegetation on the far bank. There is not a ripple on the water tonight, the reflections are stunning and the colours verdant and intense. From behind me the sinking sun floods the land with golden shafts of light bringing a vivacity and intensity to the vegetation.
High above my head the dark sky reverberates with the constant chattering of hundreds of avian voices. Swallows and house martins, cavort and glide over the glassy water in search of insects, performing an aerial display which is a joy to watch.
I set up my tripod and camera on the bank of the pond looking south. I am immediately plagued by thousands of biting insects and immediate obvious downside of my chosen viewpoint. I arrange my image so that the edge of the pond leads the eye around to the old gun tower on the far bank. I use an ND filter and a relatively slow exposure to slightly blur the reeds in the foreground of the image.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 24 – 70mm F2.8
Settings: F14 at 44 seconds
Grid Ref: TM 35627 40204
Inspiration: The storm light
Date shot: 05/06/2015