At the beginning of April 2021, as UK lockdown#3 began to lift, I headed for the nearest coastline from my home for a grey, pre-dawn photoshoot, with my FujiFilm X-T3, and shooting b-roll with my brand new DJI Pocket 2. I made some long exposures of Cobbold’s Point at high tide, some ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) studies of the beach, and some beach hut “street” photography.
I was pleased to get to Cornwall after a busy few weeks or work. I went down to Marazion and tried my hand at intention camera movement for the first time. I also captured some classic St Michael’s Mount images as the sunset over Penzance.
A shoot at this fantastic location at the north end of Felixstowe.
Nanjizal is about a two mile walk along the coast from Lands End. It is a beautiful beach, not easily accessible, and with no facilities. But it has this beautiful fissure through the rocks and a tidal pool that fills and empties with the tide. I was chest deep when I took this. I would love to sit out a complete tide cycle here to explore how differently it can look as the tide changes. One for another day. I hope you enjoy this one.
After quite a few grey days, the forecast for the next morning was great, so at 04:20 I set an alarm and went down to the harbour for some blue hour and sunrise photography. I was pleased to find the tide was out but there was still some water across the harbour. This meant that the boats were not afloat (and therefore liable to move on the water during long exposures), and the sunrise was a treat.
We spent the weekend in Suffolk. We couldn’t get on a preferred campsite so we ended up in a budget hotel for a couple of nights. Yesterday I got up at 4am and headed to South Beach in Lowestoft for the sunrise. I was great to feel the sun on my face, the breeze in my hair and listen to the sea as it settled on the beach before retreating once again.
After 12 weeks of lockdown, we took my mum to Felixstowe for a couple of hours on a glorious day. I managed to grab a few pictures of one of my favourite subjects.
I have been walking the South West Coast Path over recent years, knocking off one section at a time when I have time. So far I have walked from Polzeath to Land’s End (although there are a couple of short sections that I need to fill in on that stretch). Last week I started the walk from Land’s End along the South Coast with the first section to Porthcurno. I was hoping to catch some great light at Nanjizal (I didn’t – I’ll have to go back another time), but I did see a seal pup high up on that beach, and spend a lovely hour on the beach at Porthcurno.
As 2017 comes to a close, I am pleased to share this picture with you of a wonderful sunrise I spent in the harbour in St Ives a month ago. This year has been a challenging one on the family side as we said goodbye to my dad. It is the first serious loss I have experienced and it hit me hard. I have had a tough run at my day job which has also knocked me for six. On the positives I have achieved some of my 2017 resolutions, but I hope to develop my photography 2018 and dedicate the time I need to make that happen.
For all those who take time out to have a look at my page, I wish you all a very happy holiday and say a big thank you – your visits mean a lot to me.