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Porth Nanven



I captured this seascape at an beautiful Cornish cove called Porth Nanven. I have only photographed down here twice, with this photograph captured on the second...
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I captured this seascape at an beautiful Cornish cove called Porth Nanven. I have only photographed down here twice, with this photograph captured on the second trip. The colour from the twilight illumination was amazing. I would certainly like to take a trip here again soon!
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Etna PRO+
 
Etna March 30, 2015
Nice shot
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb April 12, 2015
stunning shot ,love your style
KoralC PRO
 
KoralC April 12, 2015
Superb!
philipdrispin PRO+
 
philipdrispin September 17, 2015
These shots are becoming cliche so its getting harder and harder to do something new, I really like the simplicity of this image and the use of light. Well done.
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aerobuyer4u September 17, 2015
wow!! perfect!!
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Badgrandad September 18, 2015
Great composition, lovely long exposure silky soft on hard rocks and lovely blue tones that are lifted and work with the orange hues seperating sky and land.
An inspirational image.
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luciegagnon February 09, 2017
Superb image. Love the foreground details and perspective. +++

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photograph at a place called Porth Nanvan on the west coast of Cornwall. This location is a two hour drive from my house, and therefore isn't a location I visit regularly but after seeing some fabulous picture demonstrating the dramatic coastline and smooth round boulders, I decided to ventured down to document the cove.
Time
The picture was taken at twilight, which is my favourite time of day to capture seascape pictures like this. I love the colour tones associated with this time of day. The lower light conditions also allowed me to use a long shutter speed to create a beautiful misty effect in the crashing waves.
Lighting
I wanted the lighting to be atmospheric and particular for the cool tones of the rocks and sea to compliment the warmer tones of the sunset. Shooting towards where the sun had set created a lovely gradient back-lighting effect on the foreground rocks.
Equipment
I used a Canon 7D with a Sigma 10-20mm lens, tripod and cable release.
Inspiration
I had only recently learnt to drive when I took this picture, and after obtaining my license I decided to drive as far west as possible to the tip of Cornwall to photography Porth Nanvan. I had seen plenty of picture from this cove before and I couldn't wait to capture some of my own imagery from this beautiful location now that I could drive!
Editing
I prefer to bracket my pictures rather then using gradient filters. Because the camera struggled to capture the tonal range of the sky and foreground as I saw it with my own eye, I decided to take one exposure for the sky and a second exposure for the darker foreground and merged them together in Photoshop using layer masks. I also adjusted the saturation and contrast slightly to make the image more realistic to the scene I saw with my eyes at the time.
In my camera bag
For seascape photography, I like to travel light, as I prefer to photograph locations that are a bit of the beaten track and therefore take a bit of walking to reach. I typically take one camera body (currently the Canon 5DIII), Canon 16-35mm L, tripod, panoramic tripod head, electronic trigger release, phone, gps, and map.
Feedback
One bit of advice I would express, is being aware of the tide when planning a shoot like this and being aware on how quickly it can come in. The waves where also large and rocks quite slippery so obviously care for self and equipment needs to be taken. Over wise, it's just about enjoying it and keeping an open mind on what your aiming to achieve; I had originally wanted to capture a burning red sunset and was initially disappointed when the cloud cover disappeared but kept on going with the shoot and ended up capturing one of my favourite seascape to date. On a final note, this shot was taken around 30-45 minutes after sunset which is a key time for when the colour go really surreal and atmospheric.

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