Sennen Cove, Cornwall

Day 5 - Sennen.  Just a couple of miles round from Lands End is Sennen, with a beautiful long, sandy cove.  When researching this trip on 500px and Flickr, there were so many potential locations to visit.  But Sennen kept popping up, with its strong surf and arching beach.  Access to the beach is not for the unfit/faint hearted, as there is a mad scramble back up the steep hill back to the car park - exhausting with a full frame kit on your back!  This was definitely one of those moments that tempted me to get rid of my Nikon kit completely for more Fuji glass....we will see.... Ray of light 3-1077

After our visit to the Geevor tin mine, the weather had got a bit more interesting and there was some great cloud cover coming in off the sea.  This made the landscape in front of us much more interesting to capture, and created some contrast suitable for black and white.

My main problem on the beach was avoiding a tripod-based sinking disaster!  I wanted to be close to the surf to create some nice effects with the rocks on the beach, but that brought me a little too close to the rough seas.

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I did take some images without the Lee filter system, but there's something that the filters do tonally to the image that you just don't get without them, but I can't put my finger on it!


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Again, the Nikon raw files do take more work it seems than the images produced by the Fuji x-trans sensor.  But depending on the style of image you want, there is a lot of leeway when it comes to editing.  The images above (hopefully) show you this.

This was one of the last major sites for landscape photography on our trip.  Cornwall is a beautiful location, however much of the coast gives you a very similar image (large granite rock formations, big surf, sandy beaches).  So, I felt a little limited in finding different looks.  All in all though, I was pleased with some of the shots I was able to capture, and it definitely allowed me to assess the two different kits (Nikon and Fuji) that I now own.  There's a little more to come (a trip to a delightfully quaint steam railway) in this series, and I will also be launching a new personal project soon.  Stay tuned.

Mousehole, Cornwall

August in Cornwall - normally ice creams, packed beaches, sunny skies and cream teas come to mind.  Maybe not such a great location in the height of summer for a landscape photography trip/summer holiday....or so I thought.  Over the ten days we were in this beautiful county, the weather (and lack of crowds) made for some great shooting, and I came away feeling pretty satisfied at the images I managed to create.  Over the next few posts I will be showing some of those images (including ones that in hindsight didn't work so well), and talking a little about how I went about shooting.  I hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for more... Day 1, Mousehole.  Mousehole is a tiny village in the south west of Cornwall, more or less as far south and west as you can get in Britain (Land's End is only 20 odd miles away - more from this location soon...).  Its lack of sandy beaches and its exposed position on the east side of a peninsula actually makes it pretty perfect for some landscape shooting.  And luckily, the weather was a bit naff, cloudy enough to give the images a moody, more interesting look (a lot more interesting than a clear blue sky anyway!).  I had treated myself before the trip and added a Lee Filters ND Grad to my kit, so I was keen to see what difference it would make to my images.  I also dug out my Little and Big Stoppers, as my style seems to be veering towards the calm, more minimal long exposure look.  Lots of photographers dislike this kind of smooth water shot, as they think it is overdone and a bit cliche.  Sometimes I agree, but I'm trying to add extra elements to these kind of images to create a bit more interest...

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There were a few things that drew me to make this image.  The bright green algae on the pebbles in the foreground, which leads your eye to the stepping stone layout of the rocks in the smooth still sea, and then the island in the distance, almost appearing to have a halo of light surrounding it.  I was a big fan of this stretch of coast, and the overcast skies created an appealing tone.  One of my favourite images I have taken in the last few months.

A Highland Adventure


We've just got back from a trip to the Scottish highlands, and so begins the big task of selecting and editing the images to share! There were two main toys I wanted to play with on this trip; the Lee Little Stopper and the Nikon 16-35mm f/4. Both of these were bought specifically for this trip, and so most of the images were using one or both of these items!

This image was captured at the Bowfiddle rock formation in Portknockie. A really sleepy fishing town; it was so quiet here we had the little beach to ourselves.

Bowfiddle RockNikon D90, Nikon 16-35mm f/4 @ f/22, 24mm, 2.5 second exposure [Lee Little Stopper].

P.s. To get a really smooth sea, I could have done with the Big Stopper...


Cokin filters at the seaside


Hunstanton-wide-3450 When I went up to Hunstanton, I knew one of the things I wanted to practice was using filters more to achieve some interesting effects. Now, I know a lot of people go down the route of blurring the incoming seas, but I like the effect and wanted to try it for myself!

One problem - I don't currently own a "big stopper". The darkest ND filter I own is a 1.2, so I could only reduce shutter speed to about 1/2 a second. Even so, I still got some pleasing blur of the tide.

Oh, another problem - the hitech filter was great, nice tones with little colour cast. The cokin filter however; this produced a huge magenta colour cast that had to be removed in Lightroom. So, the tint slider for this image is actually way over to the left in the greens! This is the problem with filters, and the reason I guess why so many people go for the Lee resins. Maybe one day...

[Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 @ f/22, 1/5 sec, ISO 200]

Rough Seas

Hunstanton-mono-3427 The joy (and sometimes, frustration) of shooting outdoors is competing with the British climate!

The north Norfolk coast is almost infamous for the high winds and sudden downpours, and on Monday I experienced a bit of everything! However, this made for a more interesting backdrop to the North Sea. I felt this image was best suited to a mono conversion, with all the white horses in the sea and the clouds behind. [Nikon D90, 50 mm f/1.8 @ f/16, ISO 200, 1/80th sec]

On this trip, I also played around with my ND filters and got some interesting effects. More to come.