It’s half term. I did a brave thing today and took my seven year old niece to the seaside. An hour and a half journey to get there. I picked Filey for this first momentous trip. A smaller town and seaside resort on the east coast.
I had a flask of coffee – a must for trips to beaches.
Hats, gloves, scarves and waterproofs – a must for trips to beaches in the UK.
The big camera – a must for aunts going to beaches with nieces.
I knew that taking the big (canon 550DSLR) camera was a mistake. First of all I don’t really know what I’m doing with it. And second my subjects get really fed up with me messing about with all the settings trying to get a decent shot.
(As reference for myself in an attempt to learn I’m putting the details of the photo here too. Shutter speed 1/500 sec, aperture f6.3. ISO which was set on automatic was 100.)
So glad her Mother put those wellies in the bag!
I expected her to be bored and that I’d struggle to keep her happy and I was right! Although to be honest she was very good. Just a bit bored by the whole 20 minutes we spent on the beach.
(Settings – Shutter speed 1/800 sec, aperture f5.)
It was a lovely day, the beach wasn’t too busy and hardly any wind. We collected shells for a while and she danced along the edge of the water while I stomped about muttering to myself about my lack of photography skills. Because the sun was bright I had trouble guaging by looking at the tiny screen whether or not I had the right exposure etc on the pictures I’d taken. So I swung the dials around hoping for the best.
We went for lolly’s after that.
(Settings – Shutter speed 1/800 sec, aperture f22, auto ISO 2500)
And I pulled that damn camera out again hoping to get a few more shots. H was intrigued by the pitch and put golf course and standing up on the railings. Making me take a shot of her half hanging through the rails just to show Nana – as if my Mother trusts me to look after her as it is………
We also spotted a metal dectectorist sweeping the machine along the rock pools just under the pavement. I wonder what he was looking for?
We made it to around two hours actually at the seaside which on reflection I was pleased with. This was the first time we’d spent as much time as that together on our own. A good day and a few half decent pictures.