It is so good to be back shooting again after the long lockdown. My first post lockdown shoot and the first of 2021 was with model Wendy at Watchet, a pretty harbour town in Somerset.
Wendy and I had planned this shoot several months ago then waited and waited until we were ‘allowed’ to shoot again so it was really good to get together finally.
Wendy had done some modelling previously but had taken a break and was now looking to restart her modelling, so this was a portfolio builder shoot.
Watchet is a very pretty harbour town on the Somerset Coast, well known for its red lighthouse and rocky beach. It was also the subject of a famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and also its links to the Mineral Railway Line which ran through the town from the Iron Ore mines in the Brendon hills to the harbour.
The harbour area has many photographic opportunities for every genre of photography from landscapes to wildlife to portraits. The steam railway stops near the harbour and is a tourist magnet during the summer months.
We met early on a Sunday morning before the Sunday strollers took themselves down for a walk on the harbour walls. The harbour was quiet, and there were no trains running at present due to the lockdown so the tracks were empty and free to use, making a fantastic photographic opportunity.
We started off at the railway station and tracks and then made our way down to the sea edge and along the harbour walls. Capturing the famous red lighthouse in the background.
Next to the harbour there is an area of wall art by a local artist depicting the history of Watchet. This made a great backdrop to a set of images. Wendy had brought a fantastic Graffitti themed tracksuit which really stood out against the wall art giving a modern fashion feel to the images.
We had a really good shoot and came away with some great images and plans to meet up again for a themed shoot.
Equipment I used for the shoot:
Canon 5d Mk4, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 Zoom Lens, Sigma 24-70mm f2.8.
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