Alex is a commercial and fine art photographer from Kent.
His commissioned work has taken him into many countries and demanding situations where his equipment cannot let him down. You can read why Alex uses Kase filters for his professional work on his blog, here.
Alex also produces artistic images and enjoys his local area in Kent as much as the more well-trodden photographic paths. Alex believes finding our own artistic expression is vital for enjoying photography and encourages this approach in his workshops and tours.
In addition to his commissioned work, Alex also appears in the photography press and is the author of Photographing Kent, published by our good friends Fotovue.
Alex has a varied photography workshop and tour schedule with his friend and colleague Lizzie Shepherd which you can see on his website: www.alexharephotoraphy.com
With fog forecast for later in the evening I headed out hoping to capture the stars before it rolled in. I found this viewpoint with a low angle looking up and liked how it sat the Towers proud on the hill and kept the background free save for the starlit sky above. The technical problems I had were handling the very bright beam of light that illuminates the Towers by night. A series of bracketed exposures for these highlights and the stars gave me a range of exposures that I could work with to remove the burnt out, overexposed patch which the camera could not handle in the same way my eyes could. It took some time with a variety of techniques including Luminosity Masking (discussed in more detail in my Video series) but I think it was worth it. Canon EOS 5D MKIII, 16-35mm lens at 20mm, f4, ISO 1600 and various shutter speeds.
A classic view of Canterbury Cathedral peering above early morning mist makes this landscape photograph special; I had waited 3 years for the ideal temperature inversion! Although mist often builds in the valley at certain times of the year it can often be too little or too much making the view less than ideal. On this occasion the swirling flumes of mist hovered nicely below the cathedral spire and, when the sun rose, the scene became back lit making for this striking silhouette.
Clear skies are often not what the landscape photographer hopes for and, generally I agree, they are something of a creative problem for my landscape photography. Here at the harbour in Margate however, an uncomplicated sky offers a clean, colourful backdrop to the painterly quality of the harbour lights reflected in the calm water and the two go well together. This ultra simple, almost minimalist, composition with so much sky and water in it defies the normal rules of composition but I like it; I think it mirrors the scale and character of the landscape and avoids any contrived attempt to force it into a more conventional composition.