BLUSTERY seas in front of a Portland Bill lighthouse caught the eye of a Weymouth photographer and stormed into a new Dorset photographic book.
Richard Anders, of Preston, Weymouth captured the atmospheric image last December and is delighted to see it showcased alongside other spectacular sea and landscapes in Dorset: A Photographic Journey in an Olympic Year.
The annual Dorset Echo publication also features a special section of stunning imagery from this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic sailing events to commemorate this historic year.
Mr Anders, 56, said: “I would have bought the book irrespective or not of whether I’ve got a picture published.
“As a photographer it’s interesting to see what other people have done.
“And also the 2012 aspect, I took a lot of pictures of the sailing events during the Games.
“It’s been a historic year.”
The grandfather-of-two inve-sted in a good digital camera a year ago before a holiday to India and now enjoys photography as a ‘serious hobby’.
Mr Anders said: “I just got more and more into it, it takes me to places in Dorset and beyond that I’ve never been to before.”
The former Royal Navy officer, who specialised as a helicopter pilot, achieved the shot of the lighthouse lit by a setting sun with a stormy background with a Canon EOS 600D camera and Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens.
He said: “Something like Portland Bill has been photographed to death but the sea caught my eye on this late blustery afternoon, it gave it an angry, stormy aspect.”
Since leaving the Navy, he has worked for IBM for 14 years as account manager, run a day nursery for children with his wife, dabbled in garden design and undertaken a business venture with his son.
nDorset: A Photographic Journey in an Olympic Year, which costs £14.95, is available from the Dorset Echo offices on the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth and in Antelope Walk, Dorchester and the Bridport News office in East Street.