The Purton Hulks – Abbey

Purton Hulk Abbey

I like the work that The Friends of Purton have done – putting nameplates near the wrecks so the curious, like myself, can find out more about these craft. Abbey sits low in the ground surrounded by long grass. A visit in the autumn, when the grass has died down, seems to be a good plan.

I like to shoot in the hours around sunrise and sunset, which not only gives the best light, but also allows me to do my day job! The tricky thing, here in the UK, is predicting when weather conditions are at their best for the images I want to take. I do like cloud (you my have noticed) as a dramatic sky adds to any photograph in my opinion, You get cloud here – sometimes too much. So the question is – how do you accurately predict what conditions are going to be like at any location? This is especially critical if you have a long journey to get to your planned location. The thing is – you cannot guarantee the best weather, but you can ensure you head out when the odds are in your favour. I use two things – the local weather report (from the planned location) and a little bit of weather lore. The local weather report will give a rough indication of cloud conditions – I normally look for days when the report predicts sunshine and clouds at the times I plan to shoot. A little bit of weather always gives added interest. Then I use the old rhyme…

Red in the morning, shepherds warning, red at night, shepherds delight.

So – if I am shooting a sunset, and fine weather is forecast for the following day, chances are I’ll see a nice red sunset. Similarly, if I am shooting a sunrise, and poor weather is forecast for that day, I could be looking at a decent sunrise. For my evening at Purton – the above worked an absolute treat.

I’m afraid I only know this advice to work in the UK – anyone reading this from the Sahara, for example, can ignore the above. You’ll need to work out the best way of predicting conditions in your locality – sorry.