A little break from the norm, I thought I would share what I sometimes fit in between the wedding and commercial/editorial photography; an adventure exploring to produce travel and landscape photography. To extend those adventures I recently bought a VW transporter for a camper conversion/mobile studio and rather than drive it the direct 3hr route home from Bristol to Fareham, I went via Cornwall and made it a 4 day scenic route. With this week being WORLD SPACE WEEK and the stars in Cornwall shining so bright it is apt to tell the story with photos.
I stopped first in Croyde bay, one of the many popular surf spots and so my new VW was not quite so unique!
That first night the stars looked fantastic but partially hidden by cloud and also a lot of light pollution from neighbouring Barnstaple.
I travelled further West into Cornwall and the more remote town of Bude. A little out of town was Widemouth bay and Black Rock being a perfect spot for the sunset. Those cliffs seen in the background also made a great place to stop for the night with a fantastic sunrise view. But what really blew me away was the clear skies at 3 am. With barely any light pollution around the milky-way was visible to the naked eye and I'm so pleased to have captured that view for you to see. Looking forward to seeing these as large prints where the detail will really shine through.
The vast night skies showing the Milky-way. So beautiful to see. Makes one seem so insignificant in the universe yet so relaxed. This is the view across Widemouth bay, the cloud hugging the far cliffs in the distance.
For my final day I moved along the coast but the weather had come in. It is just possible to see from the top of the cliff that great stopovers so close to the sea can be found. So relaxing to sleep to the sound of the waves. A small path greeting me in the morning light which had to be explored but it was a real challenge photographing in the strong wind and rain from the top of the sea cliffs. Fortunately my Sony A7II and Zeiss lenses are weather proof and so why always just show landscapes on sunny days? Equally as dramatic and alluring whatever the elements bring. No chance of any stars that night but the challenge felt good. Just for fun a rare selfie from me at the top of the cliff in the driving rain. Challenge complete!
A brief stop to boil the kettle for a cuppa in the New Forest on the way home and sit back to enjoy the sunset. Beats siting in the rush hour traffic any day, what's the rush! Ahhhh.
It is great to get away and produce landscape photography, squeezing an adventure in between my regular wedding and editorial/commercial photography work. I also do one to one tuition for photographers and considering running travel and landscape workshops so if it is something you are interested in get in touch and I can add you to the mailing list. Ad@SainteCroix.co.uk
More of my travel and landscape work can be seen in select Hampshire and Dorset exhibitions or on my ONLINE GALLERIES.
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