Dusk – Helman Tor, Redmoor, Bodmin

Dusk - Helman Tor, Redmoor, Bodmin, Mid Cornwall

Dusk - Helman Tor, Redmoor, Bodmin, Mid Cornwall

This is a sunset picture where the sun does not feature at all. In fact the sun was setting to my right and slightly behind me at the time this picture was taken, but it does illustrate one point and that is that you don’t need the sun to be in the picture to make a good sunset image. If you are out taking pictures of a sunset in a clear sky you may well be disappointed with the results. If the sun hasn’t set yet it will be the brightest object and your cameras meter will try and compensate for that so that the rest of the picture will end up being dark and underexposed, and even then you will get a haloing effect around the sun. The only exception to this would be haze on the horizon which will scatter the light rays and the sun will appear as a red ball, though you may still need to use a graduated ND filter over the sky to balance the light levels. I find that it is best to wait till the sun has dipped below the horizon before firing off frames as you can get some amazing colours. The other alternative is to do as I have done here, and made the image with the camera pointing away from the sun and capturing the reflected colours in the clouds. This is particularly effective with inland sunsets, where there is less light reflected off the land.

Have a go yourself, but don’t forget the most important thing is to have fun !

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After sunset – From the Cliff Path – Porthcothan

After sunset - From the Cliff Path - Porthcothan, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

After sunset - From the Cliff Path - Porthcothan, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

This was taken about 45 minutes after sunset, and walking along the cliff path which runs alongside the beach I could hardly see where I was walking, but I stopped to make this image as I was taken by the ripples in the sand. The excellent low light capabilities of the digital camera has allowed me to make an image which I was very pleased with. Although looking out on the scene I could not see a great deal except for the ripples, the camera has revealed a whole different scene. Hope you like it.

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Texture – Porthcothan Beach, Near Padstow

Texture - Porthcothan Beach, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

Texture - Porthcothan Beach, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

This unusual texture was found on Porthcothan Beach and illustrates one of the great advantages of digital photography. I made his image about 20 minutes after the sun had dipped below the horizon and the area of this rock face was in quite deep shadow, but the camera was able to pick out all the textures. It has also given the image a cyan cast which I like. But what is it? It’s a cliff rock face that was covered with a slimy weed. Amazing what you can find on the beach !

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Winter Crop – St Winnow, Near Lostwithiel

Winter Crop - St Winnow, Near Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall (David Carvey)

Winter Crop - St Winnow, Near Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall

St Winnow is a tiny hamlet situated on the banks of the upper Fowey River just south of Lostwithiel. Probably its best known feature is the parish church which occupies an idyllic location on the rivers edge. There is a fine circular walk starting at Lerryn and passing through Ethy Woods following the river then turning north towards St Winnow through the woods. After spending some time investigating the church you then return to Lerryn across the fields using the public footpath. This image was made while walking back through the fields, the footpath crosses right through the middle of this field and while stopping to take in the view I noticed that the sun had started to break through the otherwise cloudy sky. Bands of light were making their way across the fields and I was lucky to be able to capture this image. The field was planted in rows, but I regret to say I cannot tell you what type of crop, still because the crop was so young and probably had only recently emerged the lines of the plough were clearly visible. I wasn’t that concerned that the woods in the distance are quite dark because the main focal point of the image is the band of light and the dark clouds and woodlands only serve to highlight this.

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Rainclouds over Constantine Bay, Padstow, North Cornwall

Rainclouds over Constantine Bay, Padstow, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Rainclouds over Constantine Bay, Padstow, North Cornwall

As I mentioned in yesterdays post I would today post the image I made on the way back to the car. It had been blustery all day and as the sun began to set dark clouds had started to gather to the west. For a temporary respite I took some shelter behind the lifeboat station and as I was about to set off again I noticed the sun trying to burst through, so with no time to set up the tripod I braced the camera against the wall of the station and managed to get this shot. I like the dark brooding clouds in the top left which gives the image a menacing quality, the sun bursting through then balances that part of the image. I also like the way the wet sand which has just been uncovered by the receding waves reflects the sunlight. Incidentally the white material you can see at the top of the beach is spume which has been blown there by the onshore wind. Actually on the walk back the wind was so strong that the spume had been flying off the tops of the waves continuously and the air was thick with it. Hope you like the picture and if you can find the time please leave a comment below.

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