My utterly amazing wife knows that time alone in nature speaks to my soul and breathes life into me. So, with encouragement from the family, I booked a few days to myself and headed for the beauty of the North Devon coast.
With summer drifting into autumn I decided to take my chances with the weather which was forecast to bring strong cloud cover and flat light. I spent the first afternoon mooching around Lee Bay trying to make the most of the shadowless lighting by shooting beach details. Then, late in the afternoon, I moved across to Woolacombe just in case there was a break in the cloud cover.
About an hour before sunset there was beautiful light but then the sun sank into a bank of cloud. Most people had left the beach and I almost did the same but then I saw a hint of warmth just beginning to form on the horizon. The tide was fast incoming and with just a few minutes before sundown I had to reposition quickly to avoid a soggy end to the day. Then, as hoped, I was rewarded and the sun showed itself in the narrow band between the cloudbank and Lundy Island. A graduated filter helped to balance the sea with the rest of the image and a long exposure smoothed out the sea to give a slightly more ethereal look to the waves around the rocks.
It was a beautiful, peaceful and unexpected end to the day.
- Camera: Canon 6D
- Lens: 24-105 mm
- Exposure: 30 seconds at f19. ISO 100
- Filtration: Lee Filters 0.6 neutral density hard grad and 0.9 neutral density