Folkestone is an increasingly popular town on the East Kent coast which I have visited many times and so I thought I would share my tips for any visiting photographer. The main areas can be broken down into three sections;
- the harbour
- arches at Sunny Sands
- the harbour arm and lighthouse
The rows of brightly coloured fishing boats in the harbour can make for an attractive shot from either direction. My favourite image here was taken just after sunrise with the old railway bridge which intersects the harbour beautifully side lit by golden light. The harbour can completely empty out at low tide which is something to beware of if you are interested in shooting reflections. Blue hour shots can also work well here using the illuminated town and seafront restaurants in the background.
Arches at Sunny Sands beach
The arches underneath the promenade on Sunny Sands beach are ideal for when the weather or light is not the best. Typical shots include shooting through the gaps to show the arches fade off into infinity, also shooting out to sea towards the harbour arm can work well. The entry to the arches can be accessed at high tide although waiting until low tide is best if you wish to walk through the entirety. Sunny Sands beach is also one of the few notable Kent surfing spots so when the conditions are right images of surfers riding waves in front of the harbour arm can be achieved.
Harbour Arm and lighthouse
The newly renovated harbour arm is now open to the public offering fine views back towards the town and along the coast in either direction. Access is rightfully denied during any storms as waves can often be hurled overhead! This can make for a good photo opportunity and safely achieved from the nearby carpark. The lighthouse at the far end is an obvious focal point to compositions which at the right time of the year can be nicely silhouetted by the rising Sun.