Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand sits on the north coast of Cornwall not far from Tintagel.  The rock structures are a superb subject for photographers.  At high tide, the waves start washing up two channels created by the action of the waves while a seam of much harder rock forms a spine down the middle.  The result makes for some interesting pictures and on more than one occasion, including this one, wet feet. Click on the image for a clearer sharper view.. ;-)

Trebarwith Strand24mm f/11 53 sec. ISO-100

This picture was taken using the Lee Big Stopper filter.

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32 responses

  1. Smashing effect, it looks wonderful, Adrian. Hope the wet feet didn’t cause you any problems. ;-)

    November 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    • Thank you Dina. I survived the wet feet. It’s fairly routine for me whenever I get near the ocean.. :-)

      November 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

  2. Oh I love this Adrian. Beautiful long exposure.

    November 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    • Thank you so much Edith! :-)

      November 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  3. stunning !

    November 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    • Thank you Gwennie! :)

      November 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

  4. Superb shot, Adrian. It looks great in B&W, but I’d love to see it in colour. :)

    November 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia! I’ve posted the colour version on my Cornwall Photographic Facebook page for you! :-)

      November 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

  5. Stunning! Perfectly timed exposure

    November 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    • Thank you very much Sarah! :-)

      November 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  6. Absolutely mystifying.

    November 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  7. Lovely picture and very special using the Lee big stopper filter.

    November 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    • Thank you Lou! The filter is a very useful one for long exposure shots like this one. :)

      November 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

  8. I recall a colour version of a very similar view. I love the ethereal almost high-key quality of this shot. A timeless shot, and as is so often the case with B&W the interest is all about the tonal range. No distracting colours. Beautiful, Adrian.

    November 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    • Thank you so much Andy. With the blue of the ocean and sky and a slight blue colour cast because of the Lee Big Stopper, the picture was fairly monochromatic anyway. The conversion to black and white seemed a natural choice when I went back to look at the picture again. I think it works much better in black and white.

      November 13, 2014 at 5:39 am

  9. poppytump

    Monochrome + the Lee Big Stopper has resulted in a simple beautiful image ChillB x
    Such a mood of timeless serenity is beguiling … however … having stood on that ledge with you with in whipped up wind and high waves I know it to be quite different ;-)

    November 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    • Thank you Poppy! It was a long way from serene as you rightly point out. When those waves are crashing and the water is rushing up those channels either side of you, it’s quite a unique and definetely not a serene experience. I love the way the Lee Big Stopper has created the opposite. :-)x

      November 13, 2014 at 5:43 am

  10. Beautiful Adrian!

    November 13, 2014 at 2:22 am

    • Thank you Tina! :)

      November 13, 2014 at 5:43 am

  11. Hi Adrian, wich kind of lens did you use? I tried to buy the big stopper of Lee for my 14-24mm f2.8 nikkor lens, but it seems that the big stopper does’nt exist for this format 150mm x150mm. I saw that you used a 24mm lens?

    November 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    • Hi Geert. I used my Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. My bread and butter lens I call it. If you don’t own it, I’d recommend it wholehearted. Super sharp, minimal distortion at the wide end and quite fast for this type of lens and it’s almost permanently fixed to my camera. It’s pricey but not for the pro build quality and superior optics.
      It’s a big problem with the 14-24mm, the fixed lens hood, it would be almost impossible to get the light seal with the Big Stopper which is why I guess they don’t make one in that format.

      November 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  12. Lovely shot although sometimes I feel the Big Stopper softens to much – so I have just got a hold of the little stopper (6 Stops) but not really had the opportunity to use it yet.

    November 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    • Thank you Scott. The Big Stopper does tend to soften things down a bit I agree, not helped by having to focus and then get the filter in place opening up the risk of altering the focal length of the lens slightly from the front end. An issue I find with my 24-70 anyway. I’ll be interested to hear how you get on with the little stopper.

      November 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm

  13. Fantastic shot Adrian and I really like the conversion to mono…..subtle, but very effective

    November 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    • Thanks Mark. Really appreciate that! :)

      November 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  14. torontofreelance

    Haunting, and magical.

    November 14, 2014 at 3:02 am

    • Thank you so much Micol!

      November 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

  15. Brilliant, it looks mystical and almost not like the sea at all in a funny way.

    November 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    • Thank you very much Hannah! Glad you enjoyed the picture! :-)

      November 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

  16. Stunning shot, Adrian! I like this b&w version. :)

    November 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    • Sorry it’s taken a while to get to your comment Camilla. Thank you. I think this shot works rather well in black and white too. I love the colours in the landscape but when the shot is fairly monochromatice anyway, black and white can really bring out the tones without colour distracting you. :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm