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.. ;-)
This picture was taken using the Lee Big Stopper filter.
Each year, the chairman of Cornwall Council hosts a ball to celebrate St Piran’s Day. St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall, was an abbot who lived around the beginning of the 6th century and is said to have been cast out of Ireland on the orders of the king who was suspicious of Piran’s miraculous powers. Despite a millstone tied around his neck, Piran survived stormy seas and washed up at Perranporth where he built an oratory to promote Christianity. His first disciples were said to be a badger, a fox and a bear. Hmm. The oratory is now preserved in the sand dunes at Perran Sands.
Piran is famous for his apparent accidental discovery of tin. A black stone in his fireplace is said to have got so hot that a white liquid leaked from stone, the first ever incidence of tin smelting. It was this discovery that subsequently earned Piran the additional title ‘Patron Saint of Tinners’, tin mining being the backbone of Cornish industry. It is this first incidence of tin smelting that is behind the design of the Cornish flag. The white hot tin forming a cross on the black background of ore. According to legend, St Piran was fond of a tipple or two but despite his fondness for alcohol, he is said to have lived to the ripe old age of 206.
St Piran’s day celebrations continue to grow in popularity, with the annual St Piran Play on Perran Sands being a highlight. Hundreds of people make pilgrimage to the site of the oratory and other landmarks.
I was very lucky to have been invited to the St Piran’s Ball on Friday night. The main reason for my invitation was that one of my photographs was used on the tickets. The idea being that after dinner, one ticket number would be drawn from the hat and the lucky winner would receive an A3 framed print of the picture as a prize. This was all the idea of Mr John Wood, Chairman of the council and very generous supporter of Cornwall Photographic. With my name and website on the tickets, this was very good promotion for my photography amongst a lot of very important people in Cornwall.
Black tie obligatory, I was in my tux by 5.00pm and ready to attend the bucks fizz reception at the Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro at 6pm, prior to taking our places in the great hall for dinner at 7pm.
A truly beautiful setting for what was a very enjoyable evening. I was a little nervous about being asked to present the prize in front of all the eminent guests but it all went OK. The Chairman’s introduction was very complimentary and I found it all a bit embarrassing, Chillbrook isn’t used to taking the stage amidst rather prolonged applause but there you go, it wasn’t so bad ;-)
The print was won by Mr David Simpson, the owner of Kingsley Village, a large retail park on the A30 where coincidentally, I sell prints and cards. David has just moved house and told me he had just the place in mind to hang his new print. Here’s the print in question. A photograph I’ve posted before, taken at Trebarwith Strand on the north Cornish coast..
You may have seen my pictures from Trebarwith Strand in previous posts. It’s a place I like to return to. With all the terrible weather we’ve been having I wondered how the little village was coping. I was unable to park in my usual place and set up on the rocks down on the beach because the waves were crashing over the the little wall and onto the road but because of the rocks I’ve photographed often, the waves were really a spent force by the time they reached the road and with the exception of the public toilets that looked as though they’d been flooded repeatedly, the small businesses that cater to the tourist trade looked like they’d weather the storms without damage. To get a couple of pictures I drove up to the Port William pub that sits on the cliff. With so little light and wtithout a tripod, I upped the ISO to permit a hand-held shot, hence the rather grainy appearance. I hope you enjoy the picture nonetheless.
24mm f/11 1/100 sec. ISO-800
If you read my last post, you’ll know I was quite upset about a young photography student’s experience with a particular teacher at Truro College here in Cornwall. I wanted to emphasise that Truro College is an excellent place to study and I didn’t want the antics of one particular teacher to detract from the excellent work they do so I took the post down.
I posted a picture a few days ago from my recent dawn shoot at Trebarwith Strand. This was the scene about an hour and a half later. The sunshine had made significant inroads into the shadows..
Taking pictures like these mean making certain sacrifices. Apart from waiting the four and a half hours on a rock in the cold to get the shot, when you’re totally engrossed in what you’re doing, you tend to miss certain important little details like a rising tide and getting wet seems to have become the norm when Chillbrook gets anywhere near the ocean..
The following pictures depict the scene behind the long exposures and apparent tranquillity that belie a surging, roaring surf that was threatening to knock me off the rock. The rock I was perched on is about 8 feet, at it’s highest point, above the channels either side that have been carved over thousands of years by the actions of the surf and the stream that runs down on the left.
Bearing this in mind, you’ll get some idea of the height of the surf and crashing waves that were surging shoreward whilst I was taking the long exposures My Wellington boots were of little use as I found myself standing in about two and a half feet of water when this particular wave came ashore.
24mm f/22 1/10 sec. ISO 100
Back in Cornwall, this shot was taken on the rocks at Trebarwith Strand at first light. The exposure time was 10 minutes at f/11, ISO-100. The star trails distinctly show the rotation around the pole star and gives some notion to the fact that we’re hurtling through space at an incredible rate. It’s all quite mind-blowing to me, trying to get a sense of the scale of the universe in which we live, how it all works and where we fit into it all…
I took the following two shots on my first ever visit to Trebarwith Strand this week. The beach is a photographer’s dream and can be found on the north Cornish coast, not far from Tintagel. Another early start for me but I was rewarded once more for my effort, this time with the most beautiful sunrise. The sun was rising behind me but the colours thrown across the sky were fantastic.
I’ve posted two shots, both with different exposure times. The first shot had an exposure of just under 8 minutes made possible with the use of a Lee big stopper filter. The second shot had an exposure of just over a second. Both photographs were taken with a 0.9 hard graduated neutral density filter. Which do you prefer..? ;-)
24mm f/22 467 sec. ISO-100
24mm f/22 1.3 sec. ISO-100
Please note that these images are posted here at 1/8th their original resolution and in a heavily compressed jpeg format, introducing a slight halo effect and other artifacts not visible in the print which will be available from my new website, coming soon. ;-)