Cot Valley cove, Porth Nanven or Dinosaur Egg beach, call it what you will, here it is at the end of a short winter’s day. Situated less than a mile away from the old mining town of St Just and a couple of miles up the coast from Land’s End this is West Cornwall at its most rugged.
I took this photo quite a few years back and it was one of my favourites at the time. I think I was experimenting with grad filters and was happy to lug a tripod around (how things have changed!). I think if I’d taken it now I’d probably have tweaked it a bit more in Photoshop, but I was more restrained in those days.
I’ve always been a sucker for the “slow water” effect you get on long exposures and I’m particularly happy with the way the stream has turned white here giving it a ghostly, ethereal feel.
Yes, I know it isn’t the most original subject in the world, and yes, I know there are many better photos of St Michael’s Mount out there. Unfortunately I didn’t take them so we’ll be making do wit this one!
Whilst St Michael’s Mount has been photographed to death over the years being the obvious target that it is. Sitting about half a mile off Maarzion in Mount’s Bay it’s an island with a castle on – how can anyone not want to take a photo of that?!
Over the years I have actually realised it is a difficult place to photograph. Its worst side is from the beach at Marazion – so that’s about 95% of all the photos ever taken of it! There are a good few shots to be had from this side including a few with the cobbled causeway in the foreground.
The best angle to photograph the mount from is to the east of Marazion, high up on a sunny, high tide or down at sea level. There may be good angles from the sea, but as I don’t have a boat I’ll ignore them!
I took this photo the first day I had a new camera so was feeling a bit keener about lugging around a tripod and taking photos at what should have been tea time.
Anyway, I think I got a half decent photograph of the Mount and one that hasn’t been replicated too many 100s of times.