Been a while since I posted anything. Feel like I’ve been busy, but I can’t quite account for my time!
This shot was taken at the end of summer a few years back. I can’t remember where – it was either Gwenver beach or Praa Sands. I took a whole series of photos of sun reflected off sand, sun reflected off waves, sun reflected off foam… that sort of thing.
This is Housel Bay, just around the corner from Lizard Point in the far south west of Cornwall. The far south west of mainland Britain actually. The Lizard Point is the southern tip of the British mainland so off the top of my head I’d guess Housel Bay is the most southerly beach in mainland Britain. It is also one of the prettiest with crystal clear azure waters and fine white sand. That water colour seems to be a feature of the Lizard Peninsula as do the eccentric rock formations. I’m no geologist but there is plenty written about the rocks on this stretch of coast.
This photos was a couple of summers ago – we didn’t have a summer last year. It was on the one day we get every summer where the sky is brilliant blue and there isn’t a breath of wind. Few and far between but those are the one’s I try to remember.
This is Tregardock beach in North Cornwall. It is at the end of a 20 minute walk from a very limited number of parking spaces, hence it is often empty. This particular day I had the place to myself for around 10 minutes before a couple came down and had a wander around. After my initial reaction of “how very dare they?!”, I was quite glad of the company. In the end they were quite useful, appearing in this photo and giving a sense of scale. I also think that one person emphasises the quietness of the place more than no people would have doe (although I could be wrong on that one!).
I took this photo on my little Canon G15 which is proving invaluable. I have a few similar shots taken on my SLR but this was the best of the bunch.
Been a while since the last photo I posted. The good news is it isn’t because I’ve run out but because I’ve just spent 2 days in North Cornwall snapping away.
I decided to post this shot, partly because I’m going through the photos in order and this is how far I got, and partly because this is my favourite shooting style at the moment. Beaches and a 15mm fisheye lens. It seems to work here where as it wouldn’t in many places, for example cities, woodlands or anything with well defined shapes to the peripheries – they would just come out distorted. Obviously there are exceptions and it can work as a great effect.
Anyway, back to the beach photos. Yes, its another beach photo. I’m afraid living somewhere surrounded by beaches I end up taking more than my fair share! This is Trebarwith Strand in North Cornwall. It’s a very popular spot, particularly with dog walkers and surfers. I had just taken a shot without the surfers in when they marched past in single file, couldn’t believe my luck. Another of those photos that would have been just another photo without a random subject appearing.
As a footnote, these are stand up paddle boarders (SUPs), not strictly speaking surfers. It seems to be a bit of a trend sweeping the surfing world at the moment. Sort of a cross between canoeing and surfing. Not quite sure what the point is but each to his / her own!
The beach at Sennen Cove is one of my nearest and dearest. I spent a fair few summers hanging out here. As you can see it’s quite a big beach, although this is low tide and it does shrink back at high. It’s also a beach of moods, in the summer it’s often calm like here but with Land’s End just over the headland it faces into the full force of the Atlantic. I’ve seen a couple of storms here with spray from the waves going over the top of that headland (Pedn-men-du).
I don’t remember exactly when I took this photo but I’m guessing from the fact that there are a few people in the water, it isn’t that busy on the beach and I don’t get up that early that it must be around late May / early June – my favourite time of year.
Whilst Porthcurno cove may be famous for the Minnack Theatre in my books it is famous for something else; grinding, sand-dredging, top to bottom barrelling waves!
This is one of my favourite photos and very much sums up the power of the waves on the South Cornwall coast. Whilst the North coast gets more swell and generally has waves they don’t have quite the same power as on the South coast. I think it’s because the beaches are more gently sloping on the North coast.
I thought it was about time for a sunset. This one was taken at Hendra, which is the far end of Praa Sands beach on the south Cornish coast. I do like sunsets but I’ve come to realise no one is interested unless there is something in the sunset. This is a real shame, if like me, you would love to be able to just poke the camera out of an upstairs window and snap away.
Anyway, this photo has a rockpool and some surfers bobbing around so hopefully that will keep all the haters happy!