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Tregardock Beach

Tregardock Beach

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.

Boscastle Harbour


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.

Trebarwith Strand surfers

Trebarwith Strand Surfers

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!

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.

Padstow harbour

Padstow Harbour, again…

I don’t get up to Padstow that often as it’s a bit of a drive and in summer it is pretty much off limits. That said it is a pretty little town on the right day, however, I’ve never really been able to get a good photo of the harbour. This is one of my better efforts but it still just seems to be lacking something, maybe the light is just to a bit too harsh and the reflections a bit too ruffled. Or just as likely maybe I didn’t get up early enough!

Still, it’s not a bad shot. The wonderful old buildings that line the quayside help out with that.

Pdastow has undergone a bit of a transformation over the past 15 to 20 years. I don’t know whether it has all been down to Rick Stein and his little empire, probably. Before it became Padstein,  Padstow was just another sleepy harbour town with a steady stream of visitors from nearby Newquay over the summer months. Not really a holiday destination in its own right
Well, all that’s changed and now there is more ‘luxury’ accommodation than one can shake a stick at. Being a bit of a misanthropic Luddite I tend to prefer things the way they were, but then again I can’t remember that far back!