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This is the entrance to Charlestown Harbour, taken on a breezy winters morning. It was slightly overcast, but I like the way that the light has given a bluey/grey colour to the water, you could almost call it "Battleship Grey". Anyway, the weekends coming up and with the kids back at school, the roads should be a little easier to navigate, so I’m looking forward to getting out and about this weekend. Have a good one.
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Gorran Haven is a little village on the south coast of Cornwall to the west of St Austell. This was taken on a fine summers day and as you can see the beach is well populated with holidaymakers, but I didn’t go here to take the waters, but planned to walk the coastal path to Dodman Point and back again. I love walking the path as around every corner there is a surprising view. You can take it in short steps or in big chunks and best of all it is free. Why not try it this weekend. Further imformation is available from the South West Coastal Path website
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Polkerris is a little village on the eastern shore of St Austell Bay, a few miles south of Par. This image was made from the coastal path leading from Polkerris to Gribbin Head and reached after climbing up through Polkerris Wood where the view starts to open up. It was quite a low tide on this day with a lot of Par beach exposed. This view looks north from the viewpoint towards Par, you can make out some of the harbour buildings at the top of the picture as well as some of the China Clay workings.
Now you cannot actually see Polkerris from this view, it is tucked away to the right of that first bay, in fact I couldn’t find any viewpoint which included the village, either the vegetation was too thick or the village was hidden behind trees. The weather that day was very humid with a slightly overcast sky, but I think this image captures the feel of the day.
Roche Rock is a volcanic escarpment situated on the outskirts of Roche. Seeing it in the landscape it looks completely out of place with its surroundings, but when you look closer you will see that it has an even more unusual feature – a chapel has been erected on the east face. The rock has since prehistory had a significant religious role, though the builders of this chapel are unknown. Today the building, though obviously a ruin is in a surprising state of preservation with most of the east wall intact.
My intention in making this image was to try and communicate the unique atmosphere this location holds. I arrived just before dawn and set up the camera in front of the chapel, the clouds are an integral part of the image, though as the sun rose higher in the sky they dissipated to leave a clear blue sky. So this was the first picture I took and subsequent images did not have the mood I was looking for. I have not tried to correct the converging verticals of the chapel building as this would have completely distorted the rocks profile, but have left it as taken as I think this emphasises the precipitous nature of the way the chapel has been built into the rock. The site has public access, though parking can be a little difficult but is well worth a visit.
This is an image from a shoot at Charlestown, it depicts the sailing vessel Kaskalot moored to the quay of the Inner Harbour. Although I took mostly colour pictures that day this image seemed perfect for a conversion to monochrome. Converting a digital file to black and white is a simple job in Photoshop, but just because you can doesn’t mean everytime will be successful. In fact I have found that very few images work as monochrome, but with this one the overall tone was high-key, meaning it has a restricted contrast range which has given it a degree of atmosphere.
After the conversion process I applied a very light sepia tone to give it that aged look, and I think it has worked well here and is reminiscent of old picture postcards. On looking at the image I have seen an error that I made in its composition, I have omitted the end of the bowsprit on the right hand edge of frame. I don’t think it upsets the overall atmosphere of the picture, and unless I had told you some may not even had noticed it. What it does teach me is to look more closely at the edges of the frame and take more care. Self-criticism is something every photographer should practice regularly as it is only by seeing faults and correcting them next time will you become a better photographer.