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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Islands in the sea-1053

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.

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.