Dunster Beach

Landscape Photography

Dunster Beach
View towards Hinckley Point

A visit to Minehead back in September to visit my partner’s parents, we had an adventure which took us into the pine woods of Dunster Castle, and this turned out to be a bit of a bad idea. We had a bad day with map reading skills and a sense of direction.

We decided to head back to the car and drop down to Dunster Beach. It was very sunny and warm for the 1st September. We arrived to a  massive expanse of beach; sand, stones, the sea was miles away with the tide was receding and it was windy. Not perfect conditions at all for any sensible photography. You never know what you can muster up when your filters are always packed.  The hard grads, polariser and the little stopper had an outing too.

The harsh sunlight proved very difficult to photograph anything, if it was not the shadows in the way, it was finding something to photograph without my shadow. The beach has a number of wooden defence groynes. They are laid out in such a way that they provided private mini beaches not too far from the beach huts.

I like the way the wooden stumps are quite uniform and regular and how they rise and fall on the beach. At the top of the beach there were lots of thistles, and you had to be careful where you put your feet. I did trip over some spreading thistle tendrils. Well you know I do often take the odd tumble. Luckily i was left with a nothing more than tingly big toe.

From the beach you can see coast of South Wales and Hinckley Point. The beach was busy with dog walkers and visitors enjoying the early September afternoon sunshine.

 

Dunster Beach
View of towards the coast of South Wales

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The Great Ridge

Landscape Photography

 

Mam Tor

 

Hello. I haven’t been around much of late. I must, in the first instance, apologise to the people I follow, and to the people who have recently made comments and contacted me. I haven’t been doing much photography and therefore not much blogging.  I have undertaken another interest, it is called running. Having had some personal issues over the past couple of years I had to focus on sorting and getting back into some semblance of myself. I have been running like a woman possessed and doing stuff in a gym. I am feeling much better, fitter and a lot lighter in stature. I will hopefully be back doing some blogging from time to time and try and catch up with some of the bloggers that i follow.

After a few months out of the frame, as it were, I managed to spend a day with my photographer friend Darren Galpin. We are always in hope to photograph a sunrise weather inversion – mist in the valley below. We never got one on this particular day, however we do joke about it, that it would happen on day when we were not going to shoot or for when I have to go to work instead. A couple of days after this shoot, the perfect conditions arose whilst driving to work. Ce la vie!

We were greeted by some early birds, which was a surprise, more than 10 cars in the car park before sun – up!. Then it was ‘pitch wars’ on Mam Tor as there a few other photographers about, amongst some day, dog, even husky dog walkers and fell runners all before 9am. It is a honeypot, and I am glad to be showing it off.

The sunrise was not particularly spectacular, however I managed to get a few shots in the golden hour before heading off to Back Tor for some tree pictures. The two hawthorns companion is the moon.  It was exceptionally windy here and very cold in comparison the lone trees.

In all of the images created I used  .6ND and the .9ND graduated soft filters.Two of the images I used the little stopper with a grad .6ND; to create a soft movement in the clouds on the Golden Hour Mam Tor, and the wispy lower branches of the pine tree in Back Tor Pine. The beauty about using the little stopper is that the exposure time is not as long, and you do not always need to set the camera into bulb mode. This depends on what you want to create in the shot.

We set out to do Mam Tor to Back Tor along the Great Ridge, it was getting very bright and a lot of footfall by 9am. We had managed to get something for our early morning labours. Although we did not do the whole walk from Castleton, the full circular walk itself was voted number 10 in the ITV 100 Best Walks in Great Britain, the link for the map is here

 

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Swallet Waterfall

Landscape

Swallet Waterfall
ISO50  F16  8sec 17mm

 

A little gem me and my friend Darren found between Eyam and Foolow in the Derbyshire Peak District. I will go back after more downpours of rain. We have lacked rain and snow this winter, a trickle is all we have.

Can you see any faces?

 

Amble Links Beach

Seascape

Amble Sunset
ISO50 F16 0.5sec 17mm

You will have to forgive me for this image is similar to the previous one, however I want to show the sun pillar, the ray of light rising vertically from the setting sun. It may not be the most dramatic sun pillar however it is there; only just!

Sun pillars occur when sunlight reflects off the surface of falling ice crystals in association with cirrus clouds such as cirrostratus. These form at 20,000ft above sea level. This phenomenon occurs during sunrise or sunset. They can form above or below the sun.

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Amble Links Beach

Seascape

Amble

 

Looking towards Amble, and the dunes upon the horizon. The sunlight reflecting off the whin sill rock. Amble has undergone regeneration of its former coal mining town since 1994. The Amble Development Trust has been responsible for the South Pier and harbour redevelopment among several of its projects.

It is a popular tourist resort for caravan and camping, and this is the first time I have been back this way since I was about 18 months old (apparently).

I had hoped to do a long exposure, unfortunately I dropped my remote into the water while I was setting up. I am happy with the outcome; as I reflect on it now a long exposure not have worked as well.

I rescued my remote, thanks to my partner who said ”switch it off and take out the batteries and let it dry out”. That did the trick, thankfully, and it is now working again.

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Amble Links Beach

Seascape

Amble Links Beach

 

After the afternoon’s walk along the beach, the Marram grass on the dunes was dry and cooking is not allowed according to the faded signs. We did not want to be responsible for causing a fire. We had our barbecue in a picnic area in Amble, quite something; there were no seats, so we had it in next to the car in the parking area. My parents supplied the food and after the veritable feast we all went back for the sunset. We parked up at the picnic area car park on the Amble Links and wandered down to the beach just into Amble with Coquet Island on the horizon.

There are trips to the island from Amble harbour to the Island home to a nature reserve – a seabird sanctuary, the only UK home of the roseate tern.

There is whin sill rock along the beaches here, escarpments breaching the surface of the beach. This rock formation starts in the Farne Islands and runs under the land into the North Pennines. This type of rock present at High Force in Upper Teesdale

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