Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Dawn Light (April 2018)

Only by chance was I up early enough to capture the mist and dawn light in Penryn Harbour. There was a window of about ten minutes before the early morning conditions disappeared and the day started:

I was particularly attracted to the light coming through the windows of a small boat but it was hard to capture this and avoid the yacht masts running through the middle of the composition. May be this is one occasion where the conditions trump the finer points of composition:

In this image the yacht has been deliberately position in the centre of the frame. I think this works as a composition due the off-centre reflection of the sun:

Monday, 18 June 2018

Godrevy (April 2018)

A car issue curtailed some of the intended photography whilst in Cornwall. It is sods law that makes rare mechanical breakdowns happen when you least expect them and when you are not at home!

Despite this we did manage to get to Godrevy on Cornwall’s north coast for a day out. It was quite breezy but warm enough to walk comfortably and to sit and enjoy the views across St Ives Bay. This photograph of Godrevy Lighthouse tries captures theses conditions with the wind whipping back the top of the waves. I also processed a black and white version of the same image which provides additional emphasises the white water and the lighthouse:

Walking along the beach at low tide I took some detailed shots of the cliff face. What interested me was the seemingly abrupt transition from slates to mineral veined mudstone which shows on iGeology as a boundary between the Mylor Slate Formation and Porthtowan Formation.

As I understand it, slate is a metamorphic rock formed from mustone and shales sediments that been subjected to heat and pressure. There is certainly evidence of intense folding in the cliffs at Gwithian Towans which suggests that the Mylor Slate Formation sits above the mudstone layers of the Porthtowan Formation, although I find it hard to visualise this process when simply looking at the cliffs.

Another feature that caught my eye was sand patterns at low tide. I partcularly like the dark streaks that are formed by the retreating sea water:

Then there are patterns that can be viewed from the top of the cliff:

Finally, a couple of shots of the marram grass, an adder spotted near to the car park and the seals in Mutton Cove:


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Penryn (April 2018)

Making a change from the landlocked East Midlands, we headed for the coast in Cornwall and a part of the country that we know well and really enjoy. It was also an opportunity to catch up with some familiar photographic locations.

The first of these was the abandoned Andvari in Penryn harbour which lists to one side having slipped off its wooden supports. It also looks like the boat has been stripped on its metal including the port holes and its anchor.

I did photograph this boat a couple of years ago and liked the colours and textures of the peeling paint on the wooden hull. And, as it was near to our accommodation, I thought I would give it another go:

This is a shot from May 2016 which provides some context to the images above:

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Spring on the Southwell Trail - Part 6

Anxious to get the spring series going with some seasonal shots, I went looking for early examples of wildflowers. I enjoy the wildflower spotting and whilst it is more record photography than anything creative, the flowers are an integral part of the Southwell Trail at this time of year.

The challenge is making the correct identification, some wildflowers look very similar and it is easy to make mistakes. I try to cross reference most of the photos with books and internet searches but if I am unclear I will be cautious with the final identification. This is what I found whilst walking along the trail:


Common Dog Violet

Flowering Currant

Perennial Honesty 

Red Dead Nettle


Lesser Celandine

Emerging Blossom (possibly cherry)

Hornbeam Catkins

I think these are hornbeam catkins but to be honest it is not a tree I am overly familiar with. Over the years I have probably confused hornbeams with beech trees as they look very similar, although the former is part of the birch family. This year I want to make a positive identification of the hornbeam along the trail.

Willow Catkins

Ash Tree Bud

Sycamore Tree Bud (not totally sure though)