A few more Giant Pebbles…

By the time I took this picture, the last in this series, the water was lapping around my feet and I was being splashed with salty water each time a wave crashed in.  Although the sea appears misty calm in these long exposures, the waves were probably 4 or 5 feet in height and were breaking over the smaller of the two larger rocks. It was definitely time to pack up and retreat a little.  Well a lot actually.  The tide was rising almost faster than I could move over these oversized pebbles with backpack, tripod and crutch.. ;-)

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Spacer 150mm This was the beach about half an hour later, the sun now fully risen..

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24 mm f/11 1/30 sec. ISO-100

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46 responses

  1. Nice. Getting low to the ground and having some of the rocks cross the horizon really adds to the depth of this image.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    • Thank you very much Mark!

      June 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  2. Amazing, beautiful work… :-)

    June 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    • Thank you very much Mr Drake, really appreciate that!:-)

      June 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

  3. Another lovely shot. Yes, you have to be very careful in this cove, Adrian. Especially when the weather is a bit stormy. I have seen rogue waves come in very quickly and as you know it is hard to find a stable position on those beautiful large rounded granite rocks.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    • Thank you Malcolm. Yes, I definitely got the sense that under certain conditions the cove could be quite treacherous.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  4. Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    • Thank you Melanee! :-)

      June 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  5. Lovely photos, I love the colours in the long exposure, it has beautiful soft blue tones.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  6. Very nice photo’s..Super shots

    June 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    • Thank you so much Lou. So glad you enjoyed them.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm

  7. Startlingly lovely!

    June 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    • Thank you Elena.:-)

      June 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm

  8. That long exposure is breathtaking. Even though it is so soft and misty, those rounded “pebbles” tell a story of being worn by water for centuries.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    • Thank you so much Karen. It was an amazing place to be at dawn, totally on my own surround by these rocks worn smooth in storms that raged 125,000 years ago. Quite a moment to reflect.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  9. Great shots! I always love the effect of a long exposure on water. It gives the photo such a magical feeling.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    • Thank you Brad.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  10. Love your pics, Adrian. Glad you retreated in time. Those rocks look rather slippery.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. It was all very tricky but I managed to get the photographs I was after. ;-)

      June 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  11. Cynthia

    Wow! That image is so peaceful that it is hard to imagine the waves crashing.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    • Thank you Cynthia. The long exposure certainly calms everything down. ;-)

      June 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  12. I will second Malcolm’s concern with your safety. We have totally unpredictable rogue waves out here, too, and it looks to me like getting up out of that cove might be a bit tricky if required. But the shot was truly lovely…. just be careful!

    June 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    • Thank you Gunta and thank you for your concern. Thankfully the sea wasn’t rough and it was a nice calm day but I certainly wouldn’t go down with a rising tide and rough seas. I went down and back up on my backside. My jeans were in a rough old state when I was done but I got my shot. ;-)

      June 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  13. poppytump

    Wonderfully mystical ChillB … I feel like I am floating among those boulders of times of unimaginable age.
    You’ve managed to capture a scene that encompasses serenity, timelessness and awe .
    What more is there to be said .

    June 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    • Thank you Poppy. It was a special moment, sitting there waiting for the camera, just soaking up the wonderful atmosphere in this timeless place. :-)

      June 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  14. That is amazing Adrian! You certainly took wonderful advantage of the light at that time.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    • Thank you very much Phil. Much appreciated.

      June 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

  15. The first picture is really good. I’ve been to Cornwall twice and it’s a beautiful place.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    • Thank you Esmee. :-)

      June 4, 2013 at 5:07 am

  16. Beautiful… you never fail to make me want to be exactly where you are through your wonderful photography of lovely Cornwall! :)

    June 4, 2013 at 7:50 am

    • Thank you very much Tracey! That’s a lovely compliment. :-)

      June 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

  17. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Beautiful. I love those long slow shutterspeed shots of yours amongst the rocks.
    (Gotta watch that incoming tide, though – wouldn’t want to get cut off and get the camera wet).

    June 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • Thanks Vicki. I’ve l always got my eye on the tide.. ;-)

      June 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

  18. Beautiful shots! :)

    June 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    • Thank you Norma. Much appreciated.

      June 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

  19. Great shot, loving the soft, fluffy sea!

    June 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    • Thank you very much.

      June 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  20. Where is Captain Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl? Looks like he would like to dock here! Great work!

    June 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    • Thank you. Yes there were definitely a few pirates and smugglers making use of the many small coves in Cornwall once upon a time. Perhaps they still are..

      June 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

  21. Particularly the first photographs is marvelous. The time exposure, the monochromatic blue colour and the the strong composition, makes this into an exquisite image. I really love it. Very nice work, Adrian.

    June 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    • Thank you so much Otto. I certainly think this series of long exposures from the beach at Porthnanven represents for me, my best to date. I loved the location, I loved being there at that time of day, the solitude, surrounded by these stones of such incredible age.. it was wonderful and I was so pleased that when I got home and processed the photos, there was very much something of my experience in the pictures. Does that make sense? I hope so. :-)

      June 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      • Oh, it absolutely makes sense – and what you say certainly reflects in your picture.

        June 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

  22. I can see why you want that early light – both photos are excellent but the first is so mystical. Hey, you should take someone with you to photograph you as you get into thees crazy situations! :-)

    June 12, 2013 at 4:59 am

    • I hope to. It would help a lot to have someone carrying the gear too. ;-)

      June 12, 2013 at 5:58 am

      • And you deserve that! You’ve become a master at recording your environment in all its glories and subtleties.

        June 21, 2013 at 3:51 am

      • :-)

        June 21, 2013 at 7:20 am