London to Brighton
The train departed London Bridge station at 10.12, Matt was hungover but I felt fine. We were on our way to Brighton for a day out and some street photography. As we watched South London pass by I ate a tuna and cucumber baguette from Pret whilst Matt tried to put himself back together. A little over an hour later we had arrived in Brighton, we were welcomed by a clear blue sky and sunbathing temperatures. These conditions whilst they're nice to walk around in are not good for photos. I prefer the overcast damp and dreary look and feel.
We headed straight for the beach. I'd only been to Brighton once before back in 2010 for a day trip (I got an impulsive tattoo that day - thankfully I don't regret it). We walked a long the stoney beach snapping away. With it being a Friday the streets were a good level of busy, meaning there was enough space to photograph.
We just had to find the subject, background and something of interest.
Walking on a stoney beach in 25 degree heat is actually pretty tiresome so we retired to sea facing cafe. Matt had fish and chips, I had a refreshing pint of cider. I tried to look at my photos but the sun was too harsh and bright - so I couldn't see the screen properly.
We were both shooting digital - Sony and Ricoh. From the seafront we moved into the town centre, where we seemed to go from park to park. Taking photos on the way then resting on the grass. The parks were busy peeps just kicking back in the glorious sunshine. Somehow we got into talking to a few locals a few more random than others. Eddie who wanted to show us all of his floor tiling jobs for the whole of Brighton!
We continued to explore and get shots but by this stage I felt baked. Walking back to the train station I spotted a homeless guy that I had seen on a BBC3 documentary. I stopped and asked him about it, he said he hadn't even seen it.
As we were heading into the station Manchester United fans were arriving - they were playing Brighton. They were in good voice (not for long though).
Matt and I got the train back to London and realised that we were both burnt to a crisp. That is the main learning of today.
The following day when I did a bit of post processing on the photos. I had to do quite a few spot removals on each image. This tells me there is dust either on the sensor and or the lens. To stop this happening I will need to investigate and clean both of parts of the camera.