Images of the Cornish coastline and surrounding countryside. Having had several holidays in cornwall I am now temporally living and working here. This has given me a great opportunity to explore new locations and given me more time to capture and make new images that are not achievable when you are on holiday with family.
Padstow Lifeboat Station
A wrong turn brought me to Padstow Lifeboat Station. After photographing Trevose Head lighthouse I headed off back to Plymouth but made a wrong turn. I’m rather glad I did after finding this location. At the time I made this image I had only been in Devon for several weeks so I was still finding out about the surrounding area.
Trevose Head Lighthouse
It was late decision to drive from Plymouth to Trevose Head to capture some Cornish coastline. I was expecting an amazing sunset with clear skies, but heading west the clouds started to merge together. Fortunately as sunset approached some colour and definition was visible. Trying several exposures of 0.8 seconds to 20 seconds I settled for a fairly short exposure. I felt it retained the textures of the ocean much more. Using a Lee polariser helps reduce light entering the camera allowing reduced shutter speed and and also reducing reflections darkening the water and increasing contrast. Timing the shot for a wave engulfing the rocks below added some additional interest.
Wheal Coates Tin Mine
An afternoon ride out to the west coast of Cornwall resulted in a beautiful sunset with the historic engine house of Wheal Coats Tin Mine.
An evening at Godrevy on the west coast of Cornwall resulted in some spectacular evening light. With a westerly wind and an incoming tide the sea was whipping up some great textures. A fairly long exposure of only 2 seconds captured some of that motion in the waves.
Godrevey Lighthouse Framed
This is probably one of the most complex images I have yet taken to date. Godrevy Lighthouse was the location for this shot between the rock formations that are abundantly available . I cant begin to imagine how geology had made the rock formations but it makes one heck of an interesting composition. With this shot shadows and highlights are too far apart for any camera to be able to make this shot in one exposure. Instead I had to make three separate images all of different exposure times. Then blending together all the different shots to make one final image that you see here. I used a technique called Luminosity masks to carefully blend all three exposures together for the final result.
Aymer Cove one the South coast of Devon. After a walk from Ringmore down to the coast we saw the cove while the tide was out.
Bedruthan Steps Cornwall. After a stunning hot day on the Cornish coast during a unseasonably hot day at the end of October I was rather hoping for a beautiful sunset. But as the great British weather is so unpredictable at times a cooler front moved in and by the end of the day mist and low cloud was what I had to contend with for this shot. To be truthful I was rather pleased with the conditions which gave me some mood and drama for something a little different.
Bedruthan Steps From 400ft
Bedruthan Steps from above. A flight with my drone captured some wonderful light in the afternoon while visiting this popular location on the Cornish coast
St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount at sunrise. We almost always see an image of the small island with the cobbled causeway leading from the foreground of the image to the island, but I tried for something completely different. With the sun quite late making an appearance I had missed the opportunity anyway to have water over the causeway, so with the tide reseeding I waded out in the shallow waters to make a long high key exposure of the island capturing some morning light.
While on a mornings photography session photographing St Micheal’s Mount in Cornwall I quickly turned my attention to this lone yacht moored up in the bay. With muted colours and a calm water this just looked so calm and peaceful and one can only imagine waking up on this small craft to such a beautiful autumn morning.