6 March, 2017
After reachng four weeks out of the country on the trot I was ready to get out with my cameras again on my first weekend back and jumped at the chance to meet up with Dave Tolcher last Sunday morning.
I made it over to Boggle Hole for 6.30 am and headed down to meet Dave on the beach with my Z. Conditions were just about perfect. Sunrise was a couple of hours before high tide and the light amazing.
I have often been here for dawn and I set up my usual upright semi wide composition for what seemed like the 147th time and made a couple of frames. In my experience, longways images tend not to work here unless you go super wide (21mm on a 35mm camera) due to lack of balance.
However I did notice a wonderful diagonal cloud line coming in from top left. If only I could catch the tide at the right moment I saw the potential for balancing out the image better. I changed camera orientation and tried to catch a wave at the right moment - tricky when I was using mirror lock up and a 2 second timer delay to avoid any vibration. I missed with the first two goes but on the third I nailed it with the image above.
There were a couple of other photographers there at dawn, presumably from the YHA. It was the first time in 14 years I (or Dave for that matter) have seen other photographers down there at dawn! Perhaps an indication of how popular our hobby is becoming - which is great. Anything that gets people out of the house, experiencing and respecting our wonderful landscape can only be a good thing.
After popping back to Dave and Ros's house for coffee I went on to scout out another location further up the coast. It is promising and hopefully l will make a couple of trips there later this year. However my search for a Port Mulgrave replacement continues as I doubt this new location has enough potential for quality details. I did though make this image I was pleased with and look forward to a return.