Instant sunset

I took this picture of my friend Irene, an author and psychologist and all-round champ, for her website. We had agreed to meet at Leigh beach, which is a wee scrap of sand on the Thames Estuary, just in time for sunset. Only the sunset was obscured by a load of dark clouds, and anyway we were about an hour early because I had got my timings wrong (IT HAPPENS). 

So instead I shot the other way, towards the east; slapped a couple of CTO gels over my flash; stuck it in a softbox - and hey presto! Instant sunset.