Sitting on the beach in the depth of night looking south to the stars over Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Colourfully painted beach huts standing stoically year round in all weather conditions are quite simply, quintessentially British. Visit many of our beaches and it is quite likely that a small cabin with tea and towels inside can be found. Come rain or shine their owners sit on tiny porches and let the world drift by with the tide.
For a photographer beach huts are interesting subjects providing a myriad of colour, form, structural and compositional choices. Hundreds of images of the little beauties grace the internet. For me, they tell stories of things past and things to come and are usually associated with good times on long lazy summer days. Beach huts are also great for siting out of winter wind and rain with a good book.
Scroll through an internet search of “beach huts” and a repetitive pattern appears – yes, you’ve guessed it, most photos are taken under a full or setting sun. There are few images of these home-from-home jolly little boxes at night though. So, you guessed correctly again, I decided to have a little beach hut experience in the middle of the night.
Of course I took my Canon 5D3 camera with Canon 16-35mm USM ll f/2.8 L series lens. It’s my favourite at the moment if you hadn’t guessed. After a few test shots I decided to stick with an 8 second exposure at f/4 , ISO 2500 and 17mm.
With these settings dialled in, the beach huts became “sky huts” and the night stars came into clear view. The image was taken a couple of hours after midnight Monday 16th June 2014.