Rock Texture – Trevone

Rock Texture - Trevone, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

Rock Texture - Trevone, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

This rock close-up was taken at Trevone. I liked the arrangement of the barnacles and the the placement of the limpets, though I could have done with having three, rather than the four you see here. I find taking close-ups like this to be endlessly fascinating and its amazing what you can find within a relatively small area. Anyway I hope you like it.

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Holidaymakers on Trevone Beach

Holidaymakers on Trevone Beach, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

Holidaymakers on Trevone Beach, Near Padstow, North Cornwall

This was taken in August this year – I’ll repeat that – August this year. If you blinked you might have missed what was probably the hottest day of the year, but I was fortunate to be at Trevone and took this snap just to prove the summer really happened!!

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Mussel Cluster – Trevone Beach

Mussel Cluster

Mussel Cluster - Trevone Beach

This small group of mussels was found on Trevone Beach and is a macro image taken a matter of centimetres from the subject. As a result the depth of field would have been just a few millimetres, but what does that mean. Basically I focussed on a specific area of the larger of the mussels and the area of in front and behind that point would be progressively out of focus. In fact this close it would have been impossible to get everything in focus, unless I had resorted to focus stacking (but I’ll leave an explanation of that for another time). What I really like about this image though is the arrangement of the curves, to my mind there is a rhythm about the way they lie which seems to have a natural harmony. I took a number of images of this group, from various angles and positions, most of which I rejected until I came to this composition. By comparison most of the others were chaotic and unbalanced. Anyway I hope you like it. As always feedback and comments are always appreciated – please use the box below.

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Sunset – Trevone, North Cornwall

Sunset - Trevone, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Sunset - Trevone, North Cornwall

Trevone is a popular holiday destination on the north Cornish coast just west of Padstow. It has a lovely west facing beach, but the location for this shot was a little west of the main beach. Having previously scouted the area I had settled on this spot as having the the best mix of elements for the shot I had in mind. There is a substantial slate shelf that forms the foreshore at this point, so my tripod was firmly planted which I would need for the technique I was going to use. After composing the image and setting the focus I fixed my 10 stop neutral density filter to my wide-angle lens set to 25mm. The resultant exposure was 2.5 seconds at f16 which would give me adequate depth of field and the shutter would be open long enough to blur the waves in the foreground. This is the resultant shot.

The 10 stop neutral density filter is a beast as I bought the largest diameter version to cover all my lenses with the use of stepper rings to adapt it to each lens. For those not familiar with this accessory it comprises a round piece of optical glass which looks almost black and when looking through the viewfinder you can hardly make out anything, it is so dark. The point of this is that the filter cuts out a lot of light and extends the time the shutter needs to be open to capture anything, and the longer the shutter is open the more movement is blurred. Originally used for looking into the depths of blast furnaces the filter is strong enough to cut down the extremely bright light emanating from the furnace. It has been adapted for photographic purposes and now is widely used as a creative device placed between the subject and the lens. What is meant by 10 stop, well put simply it means that a shot that would need 1/4 second of exposure normally would need 4 minutes with this filter. With the length of time the shutter is open in this example any movement becomes blurred, and if the shutter were open long enough a person walking in front of your camera would not even register on the image. If you are interested in this type of filter have a look at this page for information and comparative reviews.

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