Fort Picklecombe from Cawsand, Torpoint

Fort Picklecombe from  Cawsand, Torpoint, S.E. Cornwall

Fort Picklecombe from Cawsand, Torpoint, S.E. Cornwall

I went to Cawsand this last Sunday, and although it was a dull day I managed to make this image. I have processed this picture as a toned monochrome which I think suits the subject and the atmosphere

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Breaking Wave – Lantic Bay

Breaking Wave - Lantic Bay, Near Polperro, S.E. Cornwall

Breaking Wave - Lantic Bay, Near Polperro, S.E. Cornwall

Another breaking wave, this time caught at the crest just before it is about to break, and frozen in time. The interesting point about this image is that the viewer will automatically complete in his/her imagination what happens next. The wave is on that point where it is about to crash, and because our experience tells us that this is what will happen we ‘see’ it happening. Now basically the image is very simple and happens to have been caught at a particular point, but it also tells a story, we imagine the breaker getting steeper as it approaches the beach and we complete the action of the wave, in effect we run a movie in our head of the sequence of events.

Here’s another interesting point about waves, if the beach is steep, as at Lantic Bay then the wave will not break until quite close to shore. It will rise quickly and crash, sometimes quite violently, onto the beach. Next time you are at a beach you can test this out for yourself, if the beach slopes gently then waves will start to break quite far out from the shore, and they are likely to race up the beach. Whereas on a steeply shelving beach they break close-in and do not penetrate up the beach very far. The advantage of this for photographers is that you can get quite dramatic wave pictures easily.

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Stormy Day at Millook Haven

Stormy Day at Millook Haven, Near Bude, North Cornwall

Stormy Day at Millook Haven, Near Bude, North Cornwall

This image was made at Millook Haven, situated just to the south of Bude on the North Cornish coast. Originally taken in colour I have processed the image as a monochrome. The most important thing to capture though was the wave at the point where it breaks over the rocks. If I hadn’t been able to capture that then the image would lack any impact (as well as making a mess of my title !). It took a number of attempts to get it right at that particular point, but now I think about it I could have put the camera on continuous burst so that it fired off a series of shots at the same settings (about 3.5 frames per second) and hopefully I would have got the shot much more easily.

One of the advantages of digital photography, as opposed to film is that you do not have to worry about the expense every time you click that shutter. When I had my film camera (a Canon A1) I was constantly aware that every shot cost me money. These days my practice is to take my first shot, have a look at the histogram and decide if I have made a good exposure or have to adjust accordingly. It might take a few tries as the cameras metering system can be fooled sometimes, but in any case I will keep the best and delete the rest. I will also, where the scene makes it feasible take the shot in both landscape and portrait format, which gives me a choice when it comes to selecting my favourite shot. Taking digital images is free, but there is an overhead to be borne in mind if you have a lot of images to process and that is the time you will need to spend on the computer. Happy Shooting.

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Lostwithiel Overlook – Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall

Lostwithiel Overlook - Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall (David Carvey)

Lostwithiel Overlook - Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall

I’ve titled this image " Lostwithiel Overlook " as I am not entirely sure of the exact name of the location, though it is quite easy to find. To get to this spot go from Bodmin on the Bodmin to Lostwithiel road and about 3 miles from Sweetshouse there is a layby on the left. Park up here and go to the gate and you will be greeted with this view. It overlooks the town of Lostwithiel but on this day it was shrouded in mist, though it is also a good location for a sunrise picture over the countryside. It was a cold morning a little after sunrise and the mist was lying in the valley, which gives this image its atmosphere. I converted it to monochrome and cropped off the top and bottom to give it a letterbox shape and to tighten the composition. I actually shot it about 3 years ago and it has been lying idle on my hard drive since then. It is quite a good idea sometimes to look back through your archive for shots you may have forgotten about.

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Early Morning – Lerryn, Near Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall

Early Morning - Lerryn, Near Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall (David Carvey)

Early Morning - Lerryn, Near Lostwithiel, Mid Cornwall

Lerryn is a little village that straddles the River Lerryn, a tributary of the Fowey River about 5 miles from Lostwithiel. The river is tidal up to this point, but because of the level of mud flats the high tide does not last very long. This image was made one early autumn morning and was one of my first shots on a walk through Ethy Woods to St Winnow. I set up my tripod here on the north-west bank looking towards the eastern bank just before the start of the woods. Although the opposite bank is mostly in shadow the light was soft so the contrast is not high. I spotted the almost perfect reflection of the buildings in the waters surface and thought it would make an excellent subject. I used a graduated neutral density filter over the sky area in order to hold back some of the higher light levels from that part of the image which enabled me to allow a little more exposure to the buildings and river. I was lucky to have the small boat in the foreground to break up the river and placed it on the lower left third of the image where I think it provides an interesting counterpoint to the rest of the scene.

On getting home and viewing it on the monitor I found that the image held very little colour and therefore provided me with an excellent candidate for converson to a monochrome image. I apply very little manipulation to my images and prefer to get everything right in camera starting with the composition. I hardly ever crop my images so what you see here is exactly what I saw through my viewfinder. To finish off I cleaned up some dust spots that had crept in and applied a little contrast adjustment. I was pleased with the result and hope you like it too.