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20/02/13 Cornwall

A trip that started off as an aviation trip to catch the USAF HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 56th RQS turned into a bit of a landscape trip after photogrpahing them off the cliffs of Cornwall, albeit to far away. At the end of the day, the walk back to the car took us past Gunwalloe Cove as the Winter sun was setting. Seeing the light unfold, a few of us decided to hang on for sunset.




The rocks turned golden and then the sky went pink. A true Winter sunset was unfolding infront of us in this beautiful part of the World. We had the beach to ourselves and with nobody to get in the way of the camera could explore this dramatic cove with its towering, jagged rock formations that stretched out into the sea. 




It was great to do some more landscapes in Cornwall, even it wasn't the primary objective for the trip down there. The downside is the sheer distance I'll have to travel to visit this beautiful place again!


04/12/12 Southerndown

Realising aircraft were taking over my photography I headed out in search of some landscapes and I've wanted to go back to this place as I've never had much time to photograph it when I have been here. The sun has either disappeared or the heavens have opened. Upon arrival the sun was out, there were some low clouds in the sky which gave it a great the images great detail and interest. The cliffs that run either side of the beach are built up like brickwork at a quick glance.



Unfortunately, as fast as the sun was setting, the clouds were coming in. You can actually see the North coast of Devon from Southerndown and you could see how hard it was raining over there. Was I going to get a full evenings photography in here? Sadly it wasn't to be and I made a dash for the car as the light went completely flat and horizontal rain arrived. Before that though there was just time to capture the suns last appearance between the parted clouds.



25/07/12 Sunrise at St Michaels Mount

This place is to Cornwall as is what the Houses of Parliament is to London. Iconic. People instantly know where it is with no introduction needed. We had limited time in Cornwall but really wanted to get some interesting shots of this location as it'd be a while until we return. The plan was to head over here after finishing up at Sennen but the tide was still too far in. Sunrise came and showed the full extent of the situation of the tide, it'd gone all the way out unfortunately but nevertheless this was the only chance to get some shots in interesting light. After starting out on some slippy rocks, a Dutch man joined me and before long the sunlight was appearing over the tops of the Cornish moors and casting a golden colour over St Michaels Mount.



Soon a major problem occurred, whilst both me and the Dutch man had been busy photographing we had paid no attention to the tide that had been edging further and further inland and we were no completely cutoff from the beach and causeway by a foot of water. So with jeans rolled up, camera bag on, boots in one hand and tripod in the other I waded knee deep through the cold sea water to the causeway, just in time for the foreground to explode with a burst of golden tones from the sun that had just lifted above the moors.



It was great to discover somewhere which I've never visited yet have always wanted to and I know that it won't be too long before I'm back exploring the rocky cliffs and rugged coastline.


24/07/12 Part 2: Stormy Sennen

In this glorious weather a trip to the beach was in order, so with a bit of time to kill before dinner we headed off a little area known as Sennen Cove in West Cornwall. The beach went on for miles, sandwiched between two massive cliffs at each end. The tide had been coming in all afternoon and high tide was due to be around 9.15pm, we came back after dinner to shoot the incoming tide that was battering the coastline and Sennen's sea-wall as the sun was setting, throwing soft yet vibrant colours into the Cornish sky. 


 When it came to shooting into the setting sun, the LEE filters became invaluable. It took away the need to blend multiple exposures in post processing which saves time, image quality and gives a much more natural finish to the image. I took the shot above using a 0.6 strength graduated filter combined with a 0.6 neutral density filter. This permitted a long enough exposure time to get the "mist" effect as the waves crash through the pebbles whilst the graduated filter held back the colour and light in the sky to allow for a perfect exposure.

Fast forward twenty minutes. The sun has dipped below the horizon but the sky still retains those pastel colours. However, unlike the previous image, the intensity of the light and colours has disappeared with the sun. This meant the graduated 0.6 filter was no longer needed as there was no intensity to hold back. The only filter I left on was the 0.6 neutral density. This is just a plain grey filter. It doesn't change the colours and doesn't have a gradient to it. The sole purpose of this filter is to allow for longer exposure times when shooting things like waterfalls or the coast. I left this on to allow me to get the longest exposure time as was possible to blur all definition out of the water and get the desired misty effect.



It should be said that shooting coastlines can be dangerous. On a couple of occasions I was lucky not to have my camera damaged by the saltwater, which can scratch the lens and filters and even luckier to have not been swept off the sea-wall by a huge wave. Never turn your back on the sea, even when you think the tide is going out!


30/06/12 Sundown at Southerndown

The rugged coast line of South Wales is a place I've wanted to visit of an evening for a while now but have never been able to get the weather just right. Even on this trip it was far from perfect. The late evening sun was in and out of the high milky clouds and meant I could only get a couple of images before the sun disappeared for the day but it was great to get out and use my LEE filters again. It is a however a fantastic location, one in which I could spend all day exploring and photographing. Hopefully we'll get a decent forecast sometime soon. There's only so much rain photographers can take!