Friday, 14 September 2018

Cornwall evening at Fistral & Pentire Head

Tonight we are Walking the Holywell Horrors on Fistral beach ,  I am going to fly the drone at the far end of the beach at the hotel end a bit later.

                        Long shadows already , looks like its going to be a nice warm evening.

                                   Jan has gone swimming while I look after the dogs.
After half hour they are getting tired, and we are now at the end of the beach near the rocks below the hotel , time to fly!

                               Up in the air, great view of the Hotel and Newquay bay behind.  Tide is on its way in now and nice rollers coming up onto the beach.

    A 9 frame panorama, automatically shot by the drone . the frames have been stitched together in Lightroom.

                                                                   7 frame Vertorama

One last image then we must go back to the car to drive around the headland to Pentire Point for sunset, its not going to be a good one as there is no cloud in the sky but I might be able to catch the nice light before sundown.

     Newquay bay on the left, Fistral on the right, you can see why its such a good beach for surfing, large shallow and wide open to the sea.

We have driven around to Pentire Head now,  Crantock beach is on the right in this image, with Fistral on the left side.         The low setting sun is giving nice light on the rocks and the sky is just showing a bit of subtle colour.

   Top down over the small rocky island ,the low setting sun is illuminating the rock bringing out the colours.

One last image before I bring the drone back, my last battery is getting low now and the sun has set too low to produce any more good light.

                                Tomorrow we are going to visit Boscastle and Port Issac.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Cornwall , pt2 Crantock & Bedruthan sunset

This morning after a lie in its a day on the beach with the Holywell Horrors, its going to be very warm and sunny.
Crantock is on the river Gannel , very shallow with fast currents when the tide is on its way in.

With strong winter storms this beach has changed every year we have been coming here, the river outflow has moved from the far side of the bay and now winds its way across the centre.   look at the water clarity, fabulous.

                                                        Chester is swimming already .

                                                          Mollster is swimming now.

                                     The tide is coming in fast across the shallow sand.

                                     They have had a fabulous time , getting tired now

Now for proper photography,   Bedruthan Steps this evening for sunset.

The tide will be still too high to get down onto the beach , but high enough for interest in the foreground hopefully.   

Parking at the cafĂ© carpark and we have walked down to the cliffs, I think we should have come down a bit earlier as the best light will be very soon.  There is no cloud unfortunately but that means the cliffs will hopefully light up with the low setting sun. 
quick phone shot 

I have run down to the far end to be able to fly the drone,  Nt own the land up to the steps down to the beach,  but im ok at this end of the cliffs to take off.
I have quickly set up the tripod and taken this image on the 5dsr 17-40 L , the sun is already lighting up nicely so I need to get the drone up fast in case I miss the best light!

The cliffs are turning warm in the low setting sun .

                                                 9 frame Vertorama ,what  fabulous light !

                                                                     9 frame panorama

                                          Looking behind me, the fields are lit up also .

                                                                       Jan has snapped me  

                                                            Topdown over the pinnacles

The light is fading now , it was fabulous while it lasted,  some of the best side lighting I have witnessed.

                                                              All the colour has gone now!

                                                                         Drone selfi

                                Chester doesn't look impressed with the sunset  haha

                                                                      End of the evening.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Cornwall July 2018 pt1 Polperro & Holywell

We are on our way down to Cornwall, staying at our usual camp site "Crossroads" which is in Cubert , near Newquay.   this will be the last holiday in the caravan as we have just purchased a motorhome which we will pick up when we get back home.
As usual for our holidays the weather is looking great, in fact this early part of the summer has been very warm.  the temperature is looking like a steady 22 degree's for the entire holiday , which is cooler than it is going to be at home luckily, where it is high twenty's into 30+ .

After a trouble free journey down we have set everything up are are going down to Holywell beach with the Terrible Twosome  ( aka Holywell Horrors)

                                                            Just  a couple of phone pics

Tomorrow we are going to Polperro which is on Cornwalls  South coast, last time  the sat nav directed us down a ever narrowing lane above the village and we nearly got stuck!!!!!!

This time however we navigated direct to the car park , and now walking down to the village.
Its looking a bit dull unfortunately , not what I want for taking photographs.

                                            The houses have beautiful flower displays.

    We are going to walk around the left hand side to go around the headland so I can fly the drone to get some images.   but first over the bridge to get a better view of the harbour boats.

                                             Its a beautiful harbour, enclosed on both sides

                                                   A local Photobombs my image    haha

We have made our way around the headland and I have clambered down onto these rocks where its safe to fly from.

                                   Here are the images I shot with the Phantom 4 pro drone.
     pity there is no sun , but that would make exposure very difficult with all the white buildings.

                                                           Topdown over the headland .

                                  A glimpse of blue sky and its brightening up a bit now .

                                                Six frame Vertorama  (verticle panorama)

As I was coming in to land, I shot this 9 frame panorama at quite a low level,  quite like the perspective it has achieved.

    That was a successful couple of flights , now to continue our walk and the sun is coming out!    just my luck after I needed it.

It is now getting very warm, Chester is looking a bit hot so we have gone back down to the harbour where Mollster decided to just walk off the end of the steps into the deep water!  Ooops    she is swimming around.  no off lead dogs here so cant let them play.   but Chester wouldn't go in!

                    Beautiful reflections in the sunshine now as we walk back around the harbour.

                           Ice creme time , and Chester balancing a cone on his nose, so funny .

Time to go now  ,i will go back down to Holywell beach tonight for sunset and hope to get a couple of good images IF there is any cloud to colour up!

The evening on Holywell beach , Gull Rock standing proud on the left side  and there is a small amount of cloud .     phone shot

I have found a big mound in the sand,  the incoming waves are just about to reach it , so this is my chance to get a good foreground into the composition.    

I have experimented with different shutter speeds , this is my favorite image.

                                              5DSr  17-40L  0.6 soft grad nd       1 second at f14 , iso 100

the end of first day in Cornwall...……………...