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The sea is just a stone’s throw away

Christophe Wilmotte

Christophe Wilmotte

Christophe Wilmotte

I am Christophe, originally from Belgium but living in the UK for the last eight years. I started photography as a hobby in 2020, a few week before the first lockdown. I love landscape and outdoor photography. Being in the field is entering another world, an escape from the stressful daily working life. For me, photography is about emotion more than colours.


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During the week, I spend my evenings monitoring the weather and doing an online recce on different possible spots. It is clearly sunset season: all the social media sites are saturated ! Instead of putting me off, I took it as a challenge: capturing the sunset in a way that could not be done with a smartphone. What better way to push the creativity and techniques (still very much a learning curve for me).

We had a first attempt on the Saturday evening but the sky stubbornly refused to opened up. Sunday was my last chance as the weather forecast was very dull for the next week...

I decided to leave early enough to take full advantage of the golden hours in Brightlingsea, only a few miles away. I knew that it is very often used by local photographers. Trying to avoid taking the same photo as everyone else was adding to the challenge...

The temperature dropped quickly but I didn't feel it, too busy taking in the scenery and planning the next click. Pushing the f-stop for the sun-star, using the ND filter, getting low, high, left, right... My photoshoot turned almost into a PE session!

The sun was at the rendezvous, setting the sky on fire. That evening, everything seemed to get together. Making a choice between the shots during the post-processing was difficult.

All four photographs give a different view of the same sunset.

Christophe Wilmotte Sunset

Christophe Wilmotte Sunset 2

Christophe Wilmotte Sunset 3

Christophe Wilmotte Sunset 1

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