Harlyn Bay, Cornwall, UK

June 25, 2015

Today, I wanted to photograph the sand stone formations at Harlyn Bay. The sky was filled with promising clouds and I thought the tide would be at a good height. When I arrived at the beach, I was disappointed to see that the sea was lower than I thought it would be. Plus, the stone formations were almost completely covered but that made me feel more positive about the tide. I walked the long stretch of beach looking for something of interest along the shoreline. I found a pretty interesting piece of rock that I knew would make for a decent foreground element on the far side of the beach and just had to wait for the tide to rise a tiny bit. I also knew that the shot would be much better with the rock protruding over the horizon so I set up my tripod as low as it would go. As the tide got higher, water began to fill a shallow pool to my right and started to wrap around the rock. I had nice light, an interesting sky and a good composition so my main focus now was to capture the right moment. As a wave receded, the white water created even more interest in the foreground and capturing the movement created leading lines in the photo. 

 

At first, I thought I would be using my variable ND filter but, in the end, I didn’t need to use it because there was so little light anyway. Using a polarising filter was enough to give me the shutter speed I needed and reduced unwanted reflections on the water. Shooting this far into ‘Blue Hour’ was a bit unusual for me but I loved the light and the simple colours. 

 

 

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