I consider myself very lucky to live on the doorstep of on the nicest parts of the country. North (and West) Norfolk begin but a stone’s throw away from my front door and offer some truly breathtaking and inspiring views for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the South East. Not that I want everyone to flock there of course. Taking a diversion from any of the main roads even on a busy Saturday offers up scenes like this.
Now the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that my favourite lens to shoot with is often a wide or even ultra wide. I love taking in the entirety of a scene and getting a large depth of field. The distortion too lends itself very well to my particular style. Yesterday though I left that particular piece of glass behind in favour of a 50mm lens, namely the Sigma 50mm macro. The idea was to get my out of my comfort zone and get me looking at little more detail. It certainly did that and forced me to alter my composition as well as adjust for a reduced depth of field.
The drive across Norfolk (if dual carriageways and main A roads are avoided) is a little treat I indulge in regularly. Twisty country lanes soon give way to hilly straight stretches where it is easy to feel one is in another country altogether. In fact my wife who grew up in Northern Germany says that when the countryside between Fenland and Norfolk is very reminiscent of scenes from those Niedsersachsen and Friesland.
One of the benefits of bringing a smaller prime lens with me like this is that the camera fits (just about!) into the glove compartment, meaning it’s easier to reach for when a view steals my heart.
The destination this time was Wells next the Sea, a charming seaside town which is set a short distance from the actual coast itself. But as is often the case, the journey is what makes the memories for me and I am loathe to take the same snapshot as every other camera wielder who’s been there. These few photos are my lasting impressions of the day.
PS: prints and products of the main image are for sale on FineArtAmerica with other Norfolk Landscape Photography.