“Beachy Head Haar” by Rhys Davies

Fog rolling over a cliff chalk headland in East Sussex Southern England with tourists for scale

Beachy Head Haar by Rhys Davies

I’d visited Beachy Head in East Sussex without a camera on a couple of occasions in late 2009, however it wasn’t until an unusually warm day in March of 2010 that I was able to return with a plan to take a few images of this spectacular coastline. Most of the day was spent driving along the coast complaining under my breath that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I was wasting my time looking for good light. I was almost taken by surprise at around 4:00pm when the sea mist (haar) rolled in and settled well below the cliff height. At first I was concerned that there were too many people around and that they might spoil my shot, however after taking a few test shots of tourists in silhouette I realized that they only added to the atmosphere of the place. More of these may be seen at Flickr.

After balancing my Giottos MTL carbon fiber tripod rather precariously on the cliff edge, the final shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D MkII & Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L zoom lens plus stacked graduated Cokin ND8+ND4 filters to reduce the incoming light so that I could shoot at f/8 with a shutter speed of 1/250th. – Rhys Davies

Equipment and settings: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II zoom lens, Cokin ND8 and ND4 graduated neutral density filters, Giottos MTL 8371B carbon fiber tripod – 1/250th at f/8, ISO 100

This image is available as a print here. Follow Davies on Facebook. His portfolio can be found at his website, www.rhysdaviesphotography.com, and Flickr.