It’s been a few years since I made it down to the Hoe in Plymouth so I was pleased to have a sunny day for my visit today. Last time I was here it was November and the area around the lighthouse was very quiet. What a contrast there was today – there were so many people out enjoying the warm sunshine and the nearby Lido was incredibly popular.
Walking down the hill to the Barbican area I found large crowds of visitors congregating outside the many cafes and restaurants. I photographed a couple of buildings which piqued my interest, then wandered down to the harbour. Here the light and setting seemed perfect for a monochrome approach. The compact camera I’d brought with me (a Panasonic LX100 mk2 for those interested in such things) was perfect, but I struggled to shoot with the lens wide open because there simply was too much light! My solution was to screw on a ten stop neutral density filter, so I could open up the aperture and slow down my shutter speed. This bit of lateral thinking also enabled me to photograph three men on a nearby boat working on the sails and capture some movement as they moved the canvas around.
Finally, I caught Mountbatten ferry across the harbour and took a stroll along the pier. Here I was entertained by three young men who were making a meal of hauling something up from the sea with their fishing lines. I never did establish what they’d caught, but it was evidently quite sizeable and weighty!
5 July 2019