Saturday, 30 January 2016

St Michael's Mount - Photography Week 48 (2015)

With a reasonable weather forecast for the day I headed out to Marazion and St Michael's Mount. My previous shots of the castle were taken broadly face-on from the beach using the causeway as a lead in. This time I wanted to alter the shooting angle to get more light on the castle and a particularly helpful local suggested that I move along the coast to Perranuthnoe.

Sure enough the advice was spot on and although I had to wait a hour or so for some light I managed these two shots:


These were some of the shots from earlier in the day at Marazion:

Towards the end of the day there was a bit of late light and colour - the compositions were a bit hampered by the high tide:

The next day, in less favourable photographic conditions, I moved a little further along the coast from Perranuthno to Prussia Cove and Cudden Point. These were the results with a mental note to revisit the location in better light:

Helford River - Photography Week 48 (2015)

Being very behind on my processing has the advantage of looking at images with a fresh eye. 

When I visited the Helford River in Cornwall on a dull and rainy day in November (2015) I knew that I would struggle to capture the location's true potential. Whilst I spent sometime enjoying the day and the scenery I also started to imagine compositions in better light and perhaps a different time of year. I mentally logged long stretches of river lined with trees and the potential for Autumn colours later in the year. 

Having now had an opportunity to review my images from the trip I realised that I had largely forgotten about a set of rock studies taken on the day near Durgan. Increasingly, I have become very interested in the coastal geology around Falmouth and The Lizard complex - more on that in later posts. The attraction of photographing geology besides being mostly unaffected by flat light, seasons, and weather conditions, is the variety of colours, patterns and shapes. These were some of the results:



Also taken on the day were a few mono tree studies:


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Wheal Coates Mine (Photography Week 48 - 2015)

The second week in Cornwall started quite brightly before the weather closed in again with more rain and gales. To make the most of the conditions I picked Wheal Coates mine near St Agnes from my location list. These were some of the results including some black and white conversions:

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Photography Week 47 (2015)

These are a selection of photographs from photography week 47 (16th November to 22nd November 2015). This was the first of six weeks spent in Cornwall and whilst I had a fair amount of time to concentrate on photography the weather was not kind.

Rock Abstracts

With a number of days written off by bad weather I often found myself looking for alternative photographic opportunities including the coastal rocks around Falmouth and Porthleven. These were some of the results:


Kennall Vale

Before leaving for Cornwall I had identified Kennall Vale as a possible location for dull or grey weather. There are a number of small waterfalls that run through a wooded valley and the remains of several buildings used for producing gunpowder during the 19th century:

The Lizard

On the last day of the week there was some welcome sunshine. These are a few of the image from an afternoon walk on the coastal path at The Lizard including the old lifeboat station, a passing shower over the sea and threatening cloud above The Lizard village: