I've only been to Bude a few times but, so far, the drive alone makes the trip worth it. As a bonus, I've been able to come home with photos I'm really happy with!
Although the journey to and from is enjoyable, I did find it quite hard to navigate around the streets in the town centre. I also spent a lot of time finding the right car park because there are so many to choose from. This meant that I spent quite a bit of valuable time finding the breakwater. PLUS, the midges were out and biting but, at the end of the day, you can’t be annoyed when you have so many potential photo opportunities.
I started shooting with a specific shot in mind. Although there wasn't much colour, I could concentrate on composition and exposure because I knew that the photo was going to be black and white.
I was also really interested with what is known as "Whale Rock". I wanted to capture the movement of the water when it would occassionally surround the rock formation. In the end, this isn't what I photographed because the composition just wouldn't work. Instead, as you can see below, I focused on the space in between the cliff face and Whale Rock. It was definitely worth trying something different.
I didn't have much hope for the rest of the evening and I was already happy with what I had... With my bag almost all packed up, I decided to just sit and enjoy the fresh air. To my amazement, just at the last minute, the cloudy sky turned pink. It stayed that way long enough for me to find a couple more compositions. I loved how the white water was left to slowly drain back into the ocean as the waves receeded. I don't think I have photographed a beach with pebbles like this before - I think I made the most of it.