28th September 2015
I have visited Pin Mill in Suffolk previously. It lies a few miles to the east of Ipswich and is an easy one hour journey from my base in Billericay, Essex. I had been hoping for overcast gloomy weather to give a moody feel to the images of the wrecks and, in particular, to utilise my Lee Big Stopper filter. However, and I am not complaining, the weather was unseasonally pleasant and I decided to take the trip anyway and see what images I could accomplish. If nothing else I could at least use it as a reconnaissance trip for future reference.
I timed my trip to arrive shortly before high tide as the wrecks started to be surrounded by the rising water. I had visited at low tide last time which meant that, whilst I was able to walk around the wrecks, they did look inappropriately high and dry. When I arrived there were already three other photographers set up with their tripods exploring various angles, However, as the tide rose ever higher they abandoned their pitches and moved on to pastures new. They had not come equipped with wellington boots as I had!
Although I did experiment with long exposures (up to 2 minutes) using the big stopper I feel that the more traditional exposures are the better images on this occasion. At one point two swans drifted by and added to the scene that I was recording.
I can recommend this as a venue for an hour or two as the wrecks are certainly photogenic. The nearby riverside hamlet of Pin Mill is worth exploring for its moored boats, Thames sailing barges and the Butt and Oyster public house (both as a potential subject and purveyor of food and drink). There is a small car park in Pin Mill where I parked for the princely sum of 90p for 3 hours.