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In Focus: Weston photographer Derek talks pictures

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 October 2017

In focus: iwitness24 photographer - Derek Hitchins

In focus: iwitness24 photographer - Derek Hitchins

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Weston based photographer - Derek Hitchins - shares some of his favourite photographs with the Mercury.

“I started out back in the days of black and white, ISO100 film and 24 shots to the reel. Landscapes were my first love, although living by the seaside at Weston today presents exhilaratingly beautiful sunsets, seascapes, and crowds of people happily enjoying themselves… most of which emerge better in colour. So, now it’s digital SLRs, interchangeable lenses and, occasionally the iPhone – which can give surprisingly good results. But occasionally, I revert to my first love…

“I often venture out along the Esplanade, which is now so splendid it should surely be called the ‘Weston Corniche,’ with a small camera (Panasonic DMC-LX100) on the lookout for something picture-worthy. Interesting pictures seem to occur in the most unlikely situations! Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder.

Seaside postcard, 1950s style. Picture: Derek Hitchins Seaside postcard, 1950s style. Picture: Derek Hitchins

“Still, picture composition is important. A good picture really tells a story, therefor a mix of photographic subjects helps, whereby the story can be seen – or suspected – in the picture. Oh, and I love taking pictures into the Sun!

“Every photographer will tell you that the best time to take pictures is in the so-called Golden Hours, i.e. around dawn and dusk. And they’d be right; the early sunlight coming from the side and casting long shadows can be magical. If, like me, you are not always up with the lark, it is sometimes possible with post-processing to create similar effects, sometimes! The gentle application of post-processing opens up a whole new range of possibilities for turning a dull photo into an artistic masterpiece. Or, so I have been told…”

"After the Storm." Weston Beach, November, 2009. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Derek is a member of our photo-sharing website - iwitness24. If you are a keen photographer then why not join our community of local photographers at www.iwitness24.co.uk and start uploading your photos from the region.

We are always looking to promote local photographers and their beautiful photos of Weston and the surrounding area. If you would like to be considered as a featured photographer then click here.

"Summer Frolics" Paddling on Weston Beach August 2017. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Midwinter sunset over Brean Down. Picture: Derek Hitchins Midwinter sunset over Brean Down. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Spring sunset lighting up the big wheel like fairy lights. Picture: Derek Hitchins Spring sunset lighting up the big wheel like fairy lights. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Impression." Hot day on Weston beach, August 2017. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Body language." Weston Esplanade, September 2017. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Ephemeral beauty." Glowing wet mud, Weston beach September 2017. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Landspe view of Minehead taken from Watchet, showing remarkable geology. Picture: Derek Hitchins Landspe view of Minehead taken from Watchet, showing remarkable geology. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Glentworth Bay:" December 2016, showing Marine Lake set in the bay. iPhone 6s. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Canaletto Clouds." Beautiful multi-layered cloud formation over Weston hillside. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Fire in the Sky." Weston Beach, May 2012. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Nature's Composition? Nature's Composition?" Weston Beach, April 2017. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Rainbow pointing to the Pot of Gold. Picture: Derek Hitchins Rainbow pointing to the Pot of Gold. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Wing walker making smoke over Brean down during the annual air show. Picture: Derek Hitchins Wing walker making smoke over Brean down during the annual air show. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Upon Reflection." Marine Lake, January 2012. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"Composition." Lines, curves and spheres. January 2017, Knightstone Island. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"The Peacock." Exquisitely painted peackock butterfly at Uphill church. Picture: Derek Hitchins

"The Meeting." September 2015. Picture: Derek Hitchins

Horse at the annual Lawns fete. Picture: Derek Hitchins Horse at the annual Lawns fete. Picture: Derek Hitchins

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