9 November, 2008
One of the hardest things about photography is finding places that make good photographic locations.
Here is a list of some of my favourite UK locations and why I like them. I update this list with new locations whenever I can.
Saltwick Bay, North Yorkshire
Good rock details, interesting sea stacks, great light – especially shortly after sunset when the light reflects off the wet rock platforms. Watch the tides - best to arrive as it goes out.
Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire
A beautiful bay with superb light especially during the morning. Plenty of options for details or vistas.
Ashridge Forest, Hertfordshire
A beautiful old forest, especially at Bluebell time (usually late April/early May).
Lindesfarne Castle, North East England
The rocks on the beach below the castle are really interesting. The castle and harbour are also good. You'll need to time your journey with the tides or stay on the Island.
Bamburgh Castle, North East England
Great views of the castle, especially from the rock platforms and sand dunes to the north - dawn or dusk is best. Also good rock details close to the lighthouse.
Dunstanburgh Castle, North East England
Good viewed either from the north (Joe Cornish/Nick Meers) or south (made famous by Turner). The north beach has interesting round rocks.
Whitby Harbour/Abbey, North Yorkshire
In the summer, the sun (bizarely) sets over the sea. Sunset is best.
Falling Foss, North Yorkshire
Wonderfull river and waterfall set in trees, especially during Autumn. Cloudy conditions are best.
Thomason Foss, North Yorkshire
Wonderfull rivine and waterfall set in trees with lots of photographic potential.
Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire
Fantastic chalk cliffs and lighthouse. The beaches at Danes Dyke and Thornick Bay are also excellent.
Glen Etive, Scotland
This glen has endless variety and photographic potential - a wonderful river with lots of scope for detail work most of the way along. Great light in the valley, especially late afternoon in winter. Great views of mountains. Interesting trees. The lake at the end of the road has good reflections at dusk. There are plenty of good locations close by as well, such as Black Mount from Rannoch Moor (dawn and sunset), Loch Tulla (late afternoon), Glen Orchy waterfalls (on a cloudy day only) and of course the much photographed 'iconic mountain' Buachaille Etive Mor. Winter is the best time of the year but it is rewarding whenever you visit.
One of the places made famous by Joe Cornish as the cover to his book 'First Light'. The beach is really interesting with lots of detail potential. The view across to the Cuillen (if visible) is stunning.
Staffin Beach, Skye
Good views at dawn and really interesting rock detail on the beach when it is cloudy.
© Jon Brock 2007