October's Image of the Month is close to home on the Yorkshire coast at Filey.
It was a grey and seemingly uninspiring day as I arrived at Filey in December 2016. Nevertheless, no matter what the conditions it's always revitalising to be out at the coast and I headed off towards Filey Brigg, a short walk down from the cliff top car park. Once on the brigg, which is an exposed, rocky spit of land that juts out in to the North Sea, it is possible to feel as close to the power of the sea as you can get without being immersed! On stormy days waves crash thunderously over the Brigg in dramatic fashion, care must be taken at all times in such conditions, knowledge of the tide times is essential too as it is possible to be cut off here.
The sea and sky were wonderfully moody tones of grey which contrasted nicely with the white foam of the incoming waves. I spotted two fisherman at the very end of the brigg and decided to find some decent foreground from which to compose an image. As I was setting up my tripod in a particularly precarious position the fishermen spotted me, we were all looking at each other wondering who was craziest!
I waited a while for the incoming waves to form a suitable foreground, in this shot the wave was perhaps a little more powerful than I would have liked, almost washing my tripod away, but as I took the shot and saw it flash up on the screen, I knew this would be the one. The wave creating a wonderfully textured lead in line, inviting the viewer in to the scene with dramatic effect.
This particular scene reminded me of Hokusai's 'A Fisherman at Kajikazawa', you can read more about that on a previous blog, Influences Part 1 - here.
The print is available to purchase in the following sizes at the links below: