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The end of autumn at Boscastle

I haven’t been out for a few weeks now and I was starting to get an itchy shutter finger and there is only one cure for that , and that’s to get out there and get some quality photo time.  So, I decided to take a trip to Boscastle on the North coast of Cornwall, as it is somewhere I have visited but seldom photographed. I checked the weather for Saturday afternoon and It was looking hopeful. I then checked a new app that I have been trying out recently called GoldenHour.One .

Basically GoldenHour.One will check the weather reports for your area currently or you can choose an area you wish to travel to and it will give you a prediction (so far it has been pretty accurate) of the chances to get a good photo at sunset or sunrise.

It does this by way of a scale  from 0 – 10  Zero being a “Don’t even bother” and Ten being a “Pretty certain chance” of getting a decent image.

As you may or may not know the Golden hour is the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset, It is known as the Golden hour for the beautiful low angled warm Golden light that filters through the atmosphere and can be used to bathe your subject in delicious Golden goodness, It will also cast long shadows across landscapes to give depth to an image and it does give very pleasing results to your images.

So having visited Boscastle before I knew I had to venture up the coast path to the right side of the harbour to get my sunset shot. It is quite a steep path to climb but it is definitely worth it as the view from the top is simply breathtaking as you will see from the image I captured.

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Bostcastle Harbour sunset – f8 1/30th iso 100

It is a beautiful place that certainly is worth a visit if you are in the area or if you are planning a trip to Cornwall. I will be returning there myself in the future to get a shot when the Heather is in bloom as I noticed I was surrounded by it while up there. I’m sure it will be a sight to behold.

On the way home I passed the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor , an iconic Inn and the subject for Daphne Du Mauriers novel by the same name. The clouds looked very foreboding behind it in the last dregs of daylight so I  pulled over to grab a shot and I quite like the outcome,

I wonder if you will agree…….

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The Jamaica Inn

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Trip to Rame head

So this morning I decided I was going to visit Rame head for an attempt at a picture of the chapel on the end with nice colourfully lit clouds behind it. I say attempt, as any photographer, professional or amateur, who has visited the location will know that there is (realistically) only one way to take a picture of Rame head chapel and that is pretty much directly from the North looking Southwards towards it. This is why we come to rely (on a sunrise or sunset shoot at least) on the weather again to present you with your backdrop for the set…

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Looking East from the peninsula

As you saw in my last post the sky and clouds can make all the difference to an image, they are what turns average into epic, you could say they are the sprinkles to the trifle, or the gravy to the roast, after all strawberries without the cream are just strawberries, nice as they are, everybody knows that with cream they are simply…….better.

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Rame head chapel on the end of the peninsula

This morning as beautiful as it was didn’t give me the wonder sky background I desired so I settled for some nice contrasty shots after the sun was up, and with such a beautifully blue sky who could complain? not me!.