Surf’s Up

I had a very good friend visiting from the USA this week.  I met Marianne at university in Stirling, Scotland in 1985 and we have stayed friends ever since.  She was on a flight back from India and Nepal and managed to arrange a 4 day stopover.  I drove up to Heathrow on Saturday morning (leaving home at 3.30 am :-/) to meet her early flight.  We didn’t stop talking on the four-hour drive back to Cornwall and we were both a little nonplussed I think about where those 30 years in between went to.  Visiting Wheal Coates on Sunday we had a lunch date with my parents in Porthleven on Monday.

Ever the photographer, this was my first opportunity to test my new Nikon D800e.  I recently exchanged my D800 for the D800e.  The main difference between the two models is the D800e doesn’t have an anti aliasing filter over the sensor.  As a predominantly landscape photographer this shouldn’t cause me too many problems and the removal of the filter does bring about a noticeable difference in the sharpness of the images which was exactly as hoped for.

Following lunch and a walk on the sea wall at Porthleven we stopped by Praa Sands on the drive home.  Despite the nip in the air, it was a beautiful spring afternoon.  Dog walkers and surfers alike, enjoying the sunshine..

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27 responses

  1. Lovely seascapes!

    March 28, 2014 at 12:12 am

    • Thank you very much Phil!

      March 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

  2. Such reunions are such a great part of life…and beautiful photos as well.

    March 28, 2014 at 3:31 am

    • They are indeed Randall, thank you! :-)

      March 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

  3. Beautiful

    March 28, 2014 at 6:34 am

    • Thank you! :-)

      March 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

  4. Wow, beautiful!!

    March 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

    • Thank you Isabel! :-)

      March 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

  5. poppytump

    How marvellous ChillB … such perfect timing for your reunion … Cornwall behaving like a Spring dream with the weather :-)
    … a split second of barrelling in on the surf … then the quiet reflective beach scene … Lovely x

    March 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    • Thank you so much Poppy. I’d never been to Praa sands before. I’ll certainly be going back and calling in at Prussia Cover next door next time. I didn’t have time this week but I’m sure when May comes around.. ;-)

      March 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      • poppytump

        Where there’s an OS map and a will there’s a way ..
        Oh and Google Earth for the initial recce of course ;-)

        March 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      • :-)

        March 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

  6. Fine to meet a friend after so much time

    March 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    • It was lovely to meet up with Marianne again after so long. Thank you Lou!

      March 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm

  7. Sounds wonderful, Adrian. A new camera is always fun!
    All your images look incredibly sharp and beautiful.

    March 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    • Thank you Karen. I’ve enjoyed the ‘getting to know you phase’. Thankfully the controls mirror what I’m used to so I could get straight on with taking pictures rather than fiddling with unfamiliar menus. :-)

      March 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

  8. I’m sure Marianne was very impressed with the beauty of Wheal Coates, and also the gorgeous coastline. Great capture of the surfer. :)

    March 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    • She has been to Cornwall before Sylvia but not Wheal Coates or Porthleven so I was able to show her something new. We were very lucky with the weather as although cold, we only had one day of rain when we visited Truro Cathedral, the other days were bright and sunny.

      March 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    • Oh and thank you re: the surfer. I don’t have a particuarly long lens as most of my work is landscape but I was able to crop my picture very tightly so it made an OK photograph despite being a long way off. :-)

      March 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  9. Smashing set of images!

    March 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    • Thanks Robyn! :-)

      March 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  10. A great serie, – I love the sea!

    March 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

    • Me too! Thank you Hans!

      March 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

  11. You’ve captured even the mist in the air! Excellent.

    March 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    • Thank you Elena! :-)

      March 31, 2014 at 8:41 am

  12. That’s great that you got together with your old friend… the images convey a combination of energy and change (the surf) and contentment (the boy and dog at the beach).

    March 31, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    • Thank you Lynn. I hadn’t looked at it that way but that would just about sum things up right now! :-)

      April 1, 2014 at 7:35 am