Category Archives: Towns & Villages

The towns and villages of Cornwall. From Truro, its only city down to the plethora of picture postcard fishing villages

Mousehole harbour

Mousehole Harbour, Summer

It’s been a while I know. The good news is this is more because I have been busy photographing amongst other things. Anyway, nothing too fancy or creative about this photo. Shot under midday light, which whilst it can be a little harsh is great for photographing shallow, clear water. This photo is actually a crop of a panorama made up of 4 similarly sized photos – I would have posted that but it would have had a letterbox aspect and been too small for this layout.

I do like Mousehole, it is busy in the summer but still relatively unspoiled. On top of that it still has a proper community, which is unusual for picturesque Cornish fishing villages. I don’t know how it has retained any community given the number of holiday cottages and eye-watering house prices, but there we go.

Part of the purpose of this post was to plug a Mousehole based business. Tyler frames are Penzance picture framers run by the brother of respected Mousehole potter Essex Tyler.

Sennen harbour boats

Sennen Harbour

Evening in the small harbour at Sennen Cove in the far, far west of Cornwall. Around the corner is Land’s End and the next stop is the USA.

Whilst Sennen is best known for its mile or so of beautiful beach which has been a magnet for surfers over the last 4 decades, the cove’s history is one of fishing and smuggling. It takes a fairly brave soul to work the seas around the coast here and just behind the harbour is the RNLI lifeboat house crewed by some of the bravest of the brave. The coast around here is notorious for shipwrecks and these guys are in the frontline when it comes to saving lives.

The boat numbers are an interesting mix of PZ (Penzance) and SS (St Ives). I suppose if you follow the coast around Sennen is about half way between the two towns.

Penzance lighthouse and St Michael's Mount

A bit of plagiarism…

This is the view out over Penzance’s outer harbour, past the lighthouse and on to St Michael’s Mount in the distance. It was taken with my 400mm lens which has the effect of making everything seem a little closer together. The Mount is in fact about 3 miles beyond the end of the pier.

Whilst I’ll happily take the credit for the execution of this photo I’ll also happily confess to ‘borrowing’ the idea from fellow photographer Mike Newman, whose shot was used on the cover of Cornwall Today. I like to think using another photographer’s ideas is a long way removed from using another photographer’s photos – it is in the eyes of the law I suppose. I took the photo as I really liked the original, I suppose this is the same motivation that has driven people to copy artworks throughout history. That and I just like taking photos…

Boscastle Harbour

Boscastle

On my third (possibly fourth) visit to Boscastle I have finally taken a photo I am happy with. Obviously there is room for improvement and I’m not going to look on Flickr or wherever to find someone has done the same but infinitely better. But anyway, given the amazing natural view before me it would have been hard not to have got something remotely pleasing.

Getting a shot like this is either down to planning or luck – I prefer to use both. Whilst Boscastle Harbour is a pretty amazing place any time you really need the tide to be in and the sun to be behind you to see it at its best.

This shot was taken (I think) with a polarizing filter but pretty much untouched beyond that. The sea really is that colour.

After this photo I made my way around towards the tip of the headland you can see (Penally Point) before deciding I didn’t really like heights even if the view is great.

Bude Breakwater

Bude Breakwater

This photo was taken at the end of a day racing around North Cornwall, camera in hand. I don’t think when I took it I was thinking it would be black and white but as soon as I looked at it in Photoshop it shouted black and white. I suppose it is the strong contrast and shapes that do it, can’t say that’s what I was looking for when I pressed the button.

It’s one of those photos where you don’t try to get the people to be where they are, but in retrospect, without them it wouldn’t have the same qualities. I know nothing about the two people here, but somehow they turn the picture into more of a story.

Exchange Gallery Penzance

The Real Penzance Christmas Lights

This isn’t one of my photos, my father-in-law, Mick took it. It was languishing on Flickr with about 3 views but I thought it deserved a little better than that.

It’s the Exchange Gallery in Penzance. Located on the ground floor of the old BT telephone exchange the main feature is this huge undulating window containing arrays of coloured LED lights which change with changes in pressure. Quite a feat of engineering taking out the external wall I’d imagine but the effect is definitely worth it.
Here we have the display in purple mode around Christmas time – you can see the Christmas tree inside. So whilst the main Penzance Christmas lights may be a little less than inspiring the Exchange puts on this show every night of the year

St Ives Pier

St Ives Pier (Moody?!)

This is one of Smeaton’s Pier in St Ives. I think I saw it was sunny so jumped in the car and raced over to St Ives. Needless to say it rained at some point and there were more clouds than blue sky by the time I got there. But I suppose if it had stayed sunny all my photos would have been the same, perfect sunny, turquoise water harbour shots that, well actually I still can’t get enough of!

I like to think this photo is a little atmospheric or moody. Don’t tell me if it isn’t as I’ve always fancied having one or two moody photos to my name.

Anyway, at the end of the day I went to St Ives, took a photo I like and didn’t get a parking ticket. That’s a success in my books…