15 stunning snaps that prove East Anglia is a photographer's dream
We take a look inside Justin Minn's new guide, Photographing East Anglia, in which his glorious shots of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex show this area is worth getting the camera out for...
As famed photographer David Noton says in the foreword to Justin Minns’ new photo-location guidebook to East Anglia: “The predominantly flat landscapes of East Anglia are not easy to photograph”.
East Anglia, covering the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and parts of Essex, is probably not typically thought of as a hot location for epic landscape shots, but perhaps that is all about to change.
Here a few fine photographs starting to change that perception...
A murmuration of waders over the mudflats at sunset. Shot on Canon 5D IV, 100–400mm at 400mm, ISO 800, 1/2500s at f/5.6. Aug (© Justin Minns)
A train puffing through the countryside towards Weybourne (VP2). Shot on Canon 5D II, 70–200mm at 92mm, ISO 100, 1/250s at f/11. LEE polariser, tripod. Aug (© Justin Minns)
A tulip field early on a misty morning. Shot on Canon 5D II, 24–105mm at 28mm, ISO 100, 0.6s at f/16. LEE 0.6 medium ND grad, tripod. Apr. (© Justin Minns)
The Broads and East Norfolk coast
Boardman’s Mill framed by a gap in the trees. Shot on Canon 5D IV, 24–105mm at 60mm, ISO 100, 1/15s at f/16. Tripod. Dec (© Justin Minns)
A perfect day for sailing on the River Thurne. Shot on Canon 5D IV, 24–105mm at 24mm, ISO 400, 1/1600s at f/8. Apr (© Justin Minns)
Berney Arms Windmill from the banks of the River Yare at first light (VP2). Shot on Canon 5D IV, 24–105mm at 28mm, ISO 100, 1/20s at f/16. LEE polariser, tripod. Aug. (© Justin Minns)
The Suffolk coast
Deer in the heather (VP1). Shot on Canon 7D, 300mm, ISO 200, 1/500s at f/5.6. Aug. (© Justin Minns)
Looking south towards houses on the seafront. Shot on Canon 7D, 17–55mm at 55mm, ISO 100, 1/8s at f/8. LEE 0.6 hard ND grad, tripod. Jan. (© Justin Minns)
Woodbridge Tide Mill at dawn (VP1). Shot on Canon 5D II, 17–40mm at 17mm, ISO 100, 2.5s at f/11. LEE 0.6 hard ND grad, tripod. Dec (© Justin Minns)
The Essex and Suffolk Boarder
Looking back towards the pub from in front of the sailing club at sunrise. Shot on Canon 5D II, 17–40mm at 21mm, ISO 100, 1/2s at f/8. LEE 0.6 hard ND grad, tripod. July (© Justin Minns)
Changeable weather at Brightlingsea. Shot on Canon 5D IV, 24–105mm at 32mm, ISO 100, 65s at f/16. LEE 0.6 medium ND grad, Big Stopper, tripod. Sep (© Justin Minns)
Swans on the River Stour on a misty dawn. Shot on Canon 5D II, 100–400mm at 135mm, ISO 400, 1/125s at f/5.6. LEE 0.6 soft ND grad, tripod. Aug (© Justin Minns)
Cambridgeshire and the Brecks
Autumn beech trees near Queen Mary’s Avenue (VP5). Canon 5D IV, 70–200mm at 176mm, ISO 100, 1/200s at f/4. LEE polariser, tripod. Nov. (© Justin Minns)
A misty morning over the wetlands at Baker’s Fen. Canon 5D IV, 100–400mm at 160mm, ISO 200, 0.8s at f/11. LEE 0.6 medium ND grad, tripod. May (© Justin Minns)
The windpump from the boardwalk at sunrise on a frosty morning. Canon 5D IV, 24–105mm at 45mm, ISO 100, 1/8s at f/16. LEE 0.69 medium ND grad, tripod. Jan (© Justin Minns)
Now, find top tips for photographing East Anglia yourself...
Photographing East Anglia is published by FotoVue and is now available to buy
Over 528 pages, Justin Minns takes readers on a photographic journey visiting windmills and wind-pumps that look over a timeless landscape of reedbeds and grazing marshes, and on the coast he takes readers to colourful beach huts and old harbours filled with boats.
Each location has its own chapter, with a descriptive introduction and viewpoint descriptions and stunning photographs illustrate what is possible. Written directions and location co-ordinates and postcodes, along with detailed OS maps make it easy to get to the parking spot.
Photographing East Anglia is a mixture of visual inspiration and practical advice and information — to browse at home with your feet up, then to take with you when you head out, giving you a head start when conditions are good.
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