Twin Stacks – Sandymouth, Bude

Sandymouth Beach, Bude, North Cornwall

Sandymouth Beach, Bude, North Cornwall

If you are a regular visitor to Sandymouth, to the north of Bude then you will be very familiar with these two stacks situated at the north end of the beach. They are best approached when the tide is out, but even then you will need to scramble over the rocks to get close to them. This was taken on a bright summers day, but I did have the advantage of having some fluffy clouds to alleviate an otherwise bright blue sky. This year we don’t seem to be having a decent spell of summery weather, but don’t despair because if you are a photographer you can still come to this location on even the dullest day and get some cracking images of the varied rock formations that can be found here.

Incidentally it is a good idea to build up a list of locations where the weather, and in particular the light is less of a drawback should it be overcast. These could include rock formations, as indicated above or woodland areas, where bright sunlight can actually hinder making good images. The most important thing though is that you do manage to get out and shoot, and not use the bad weather as an excuse to stay in. After all this is Britain and you are never going to get perfect weather just when you want it. I am reminded of a golfing anecdote which applies just as well to photography – Gary Player, the South African golfer was asked “..why he seemed to be so lucky” – his reply was “..It’s funny, but the more I practice the luckier I seem to get” ! Have Fun and Keep Shooting

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Evening Light at Sandymouth

Evening Light at Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Evening Light at Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall

Sandymouth in the Evening Light, about a half hour before sunset. The sun is sinking towards the horizon, but is hidden behind that dark cloud at this point, in fact I very often find that sunset shots are often better when I omit the sun from the image or as in this case when it is hidden. I think this is probably because including the sun in the image provides a very dominant focal point for the viewer, mainly because the sun is often rendered in the picture as a ‘blob’ of colour. Very often the best sunset pictures are made after the sun has disappeared below the horizon. I was out on a shoot recently and was still making images at 10.30, an hour after sunset. Today’s cameras are brilliant in low light and even though the exposure time is extended, some of my exposures were up to 30 seconds, I was still able to capture plenty of detail in the image.

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Towards Sunset – Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall

Towards Sunset - Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Towards Sunset - Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall

Here’s another one from my shoot at Sandymouth. Aside from the close-up shots I also took some landscapes, of which this is one. This was taken about 45 minutes before sunset, the sun was temporarily hidden behind some clouds but this has had the effect of allowing the suns rays to become like searchlights as they penetrate the gaps between the clouds. The image has a monochromatic feel though this is actually the original colour picture. I love the dramatic quality of the light which I think enriches the scene and makes this for me a memorable picture.

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Rock Formation – Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall

Rock Formation - Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Rock Formation - Sandymouth, Near Bude, North Cornwall

I went to Sandymouth, near Bude earlier this week, one of my favourite locations, though when I set out the weather did not look very promising. When I arrived I was a little surprised to see a number of cars in the car park, as it was a weekday and late in the afternoon. When I got down to the beach there were more photographers than you could shake a tripod at – about a dozen spread out on the beach, along the seas edge and among the rocks – I guessed it was probably a workshop. I could see that it was not going to be a good day for making images of wide open vistas what with the weather and the high photographer count so I needed an alternative. The good thing about Sandymouth is that you are never stuck for a shot, so I decided to explore the Intimate Landscape instead. A walk along the top of the beach under the cliffs will reveal strange rock formations, patterns and textures, so I proceeded to get in close and concentrate on the details.

I found this formation almost immediately so set up my tripod and adjusted the camera so the it was s near to 90 degrees to the rock face as I could get it. This would mean that the subject and the camera’s sensor were in approximately the same plane which would make focussing more precise. The light was absolutely perfect for this type of subject as I was able to get soft shadows and the highlights were not too bright. If it had been a bright sunny day I doubt I would have been able to get as good an image as I eventually made. I must have taken about twenty shots of the various features on the cliffs until the light began to fade, so at that point I left the photographers to the sunset and head off home. Far from being disappointed with the shoot I returned with about a dozen good shots which is a good hit rate for any shoot.

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