The next village on our little trip into the Essex Village Project is Dedham, this particular image was taken from the bridge which spans the river Stour on the B1029, on a misting summer morning using a small micro four thirds camera.
I had driven to the car park by the side of the bridge and even from there could see the tendrils of mist clinging to the river and its banks as i had hoped.
Reaching the bridge just before sunrise around 5.30am,I could see by the glow that permeated through the mist the sun would rise from behind the restaurant/boat hire buildings on the right.
Quickly setting up the GX1 which was quite easy due to its small size, its worth remembering remember that this was only a 16mp camera, small compared to the Canon 5DSR 50mp which i use now and still the image is pretty good.
I had to wait about half and an hour for the sun to breakthrough the mist an stream on to the river and docked boat, but it was worth it. Originally i tried using some Lee ND grads but in the end i bracketed the shot to encompass the dynamic range of the river and sunlight.
Dedham itself sits on the Essex/Suffolk boarder and is famous for being Constable country nestled in the water meadows forming the Dedham Vale it offer fantastic photographic opportunities. It’s High St is dominated by beautiful Georgian fronted buildings with a 15th Century church St Mary the Virgin at its centre.
Location Grid Ref TM 058336 (Dedham Bridge)
Panasonic GX1 with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm lens