King's Lynn Lit Up At Night

July 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

King's Lynn lit up at night from across the River Great OuseKing's Lynn lit up at night from across the River Great OuseKing's Lynn lit up at night from across the River Great Ouse About three years ago, I took a photo of King's Lynn from across the River Great Ouse at night with the Lumieré images projected on one of the towns most recognisable landmarks, the Customs House. At the time I was happy with the image, it proved quite popular and has even been published a couple of times, but me being who I am, tend to revisit the same subject again to try and improve on my initial effort. And so it was that I ventured out to the same spot, stupidly misjudging the time it would get dark enough to replicate the conditions, and in the process spent hours staring at the scene while the light changed from sunset to night. Again, I was initially happy with the resulting panorama, which soon turned to dissatisfaction because the tide was not high enough!

So I decided to go out again, this time however, waiting for the exact perfect conditions. One problem is the River Great Ouse is full of swirling undercurrents and is seldom still enough to give the type of reflections I was after, even on a near windless and clear night. A couple of weeks passed, then one Saturday night on which a high tide coincided with windless conditions, I made the snap judgement to head out again once more. After a couple of practice runs while waiting for the light to fade enough, I got lucky and the river became almost completely still. I managed to get the above panorama - consisting of about 15 shots stitched together - shot before the currents abruptly changed and disrupting the calmness of the water. This time, I am actually happy with the resulting photograph, so I don't think I'll be going back again. Well, maybe not.


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