fine art photography - striking black and white shot of the jetty photographed from Evening Hill, Poole, Dorset

Jetty, photographed from Evening Hill by Rick McEvoy Poole Photographer

Jetty, photographed from Evening Hill by Rick McEvoy Poole Photographer

Yes, I should be working on my commercial photography portfolio. Well this is what happened.

I broke my camera. and favourite lens. I will write about this another time, but basically I got them both back and needed to do some test shots.

And I have my lovely new Manfrotto tripod.

Seems clear to me. Go and shoot something interesting.

So I did.

This is the view of the jetty from the very popular viewing location on Evening Hill in Poole, Dorset. It is on the right as you drive down the hill into the stunning Sandbanks from Poole. It is a very popular location for people to sit and watch the sun go down. And also for photography. I very rarely take photographs where there are other people doing just the same, but this is one time when there were quite a few people there.

But only me with a tripod! Well it was still daylight after all. So I put my newly repaired camera on my new tripod (definitely a separate post) and off I went.

I was after a shot of the jetty. I had my 70-200 lens on. I meant business. Seriously I put this lens on because I knew the shot I was looking for, and this is it. Well a slight variation on it. I had visualised this shot in my head many times over. Following my much written about Portfolio Review I have been consciously thinking more about composition. I find myself now going out with a shot in mind, Of course this does not stop me from stopping if I see something, but there is more purpose.

Having said that I am looking even more than ever now for new things!

So yes Evening Hill was a very familiar location to me, and I knew what I was after from the shot.

Technical stuff for this shot?

1.3 seconds at F32, ISO100, 200mm. Tripod mounted. Manual mode. Back button focus. Self-timer used to activate the shutter.

So that is the technical stuff. I used the longest exposure I could (without using my Lee Big Stopper ND Filter) by closing down the aperture, using the lowest ISO (apart from low) on my Canon EOS 6D, and used the self-timer to activate the shutter.

I wanted the movement in the water to disappear.

This is one of a bracketed sequence of three shots, but is the edit of the two stops over exposed shot.

This is another thing I like about bracketing – it gives you two extra ideas for every image shot using this technique.

Processing was quick. Having the camera repaired meant the sensor had been cleaned so one less job for me to do!

This is before and after shot





Quite a dramatic difference from before to after!

So adjustments in the basic panel only required, to produce pretty much what I was after.

Just a jetty. Everything else excluded from the shot.

Thank you for reading this post, and please call back tomorrow to my blog at

for the other shot from this location.

You can view my pictures of Poole at

and my images of Sandbanks at