When traveling to the UK for business this week I reserved one evening to check out the area for some nice shots. In preparation I came across the Southwestcoastpath website and immediately knew that Durdle Door would be tho goto location for this outing. Staying in Poole the chain link ferry got me over to the Isle of Purbeck in no time and from there it was a 20 mile car ride across beautiful country side. I arrived at the Durdle Door Holiday Park just when the sun was setting (kinda late I know). The walk down to the beach took another 10 Min. It’s a pretty steep downhill walk and if you are not in good shape the walk back up will make you breathe hard 😉
All afternoon of the chosen day was rainy – but the forecast promised clearing up for the evening. And so it did. Only about for a couple of hours though. But for the right couple of hours – just around sunset. I enjoyed the great light and the perfect location. Durdle Door is a wonderful place to visit and I’m sure I would have enjoyed having more time to hike along the coast and explore more of the beautiful coast. Go to the Southwestcoastpath website if you like to learn more about the area. The folks that have put together the Southwestcoastpath site have done a remarkable job. Thanks for all the great information provided including the perfect location information with the interactive map!
A word to the equipment I used. As I was only traveling on a short business trip I had to fit all my equipment into my small suitcase. So I ended up taking a couple of lenses (16 – 35mm, 24 – 70mm) my EOS5MKIII and my MiniPod travel tripod from Novoflex with a Manfrotto ballhead. This thing – the MiniPod I mean – is a Masterpiece. Sure it is probably too short for landscape photography. But it certainly beats not having a tripod at all or carrying a big tripod if photography is not you main source of income 😉 At times one has to choose and the MiniPod has done wonders for me so far. The short legs where quite a challenge though when shooting right at the “pebble” beach and at one time I had to grab my camera and run off as a big wave surprised me. My shoes and pants up to my knees got a good soak with ice-cold water but the camera was safe 😉
And now enjoy my Durdle Door photos.