The Times used my photograph of Blakeney in Norfolk yesterday to illustrate a story on how the recent floods have changed the landscape of some well known British coastal spots. My image was taken using a 85mm f1.8 lens at its widest aperture to create a very shallow depth of field and a slightly ethereal effect. This can be quite tricky in bright sunshine as even at a camera’s fastest shutter (8000th sec in my case) the image can over-expose and bleach out. To combat this make sure the camera is set to its lowest ISO (usually 100 but sometimes 50) and use a neutral density filter. Here I used a 9x ND filter which simply cuts down the light reaching the sensor. They are not cheap but very useful on occasion, particularly when using very long exposures on a tripod. See my post Tranquility in Photography Tuition for an example.