Blowing Away the Cobwebs in Brighton

There's just something about visiting the beach in the Winter. The crowds have gone and normally the skies are better. Granted I wouldn't want to visit when it's raining or really windy but the sunny cold days are ideal for seascapes. 

As a destination, Brighton offers photographers everything. If you travel by train you're greeted with Brighton's famous The Lanes, where you'll find shops, graffiti walls and lots of things to take photos of. 

Once you've worked your way down the streets you come to the real treat of Brighton, the seafront. To the left, you have a beautiful and lively Palace Pier and to the right, under the shadow of the i360 you have the iconic West Pier. 

For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Even today...the West Pier is still the most photographed building in Brighton.
— Brighton's West Pier Trust

The West Pier has a magical feel about it and mixed with the fact you're never sure how much longer it will actually last you have the urge to keep taking photos of it. 

This time of year you can get some lovely photos without anyone standing in the way. This was one of the first times I used my filters and added a 10 stop to the front of the camera so I could try out some longer exposures. 

The beautiful of long exposures is that it does a couple of things. First, from a photographic point of view, it smooths out the sea and clouds which done correctly can give it a wow effect. 

The second point is that it allows to slow down and take in the view and surrounds. Too often you'll snap a photo and go on to the next one, but with a 15/20/30 second exposure you're forced to sit down and wait the shutter. 

I think I could visit Brighton every day and never get bored. You can always find something and I haven't even mentioned things like the Dome, the Marina, Churchill Square and many more treats.