Known to climbers as ‘Unshore Rock’ this is one of the many rock fins that can be found on the Culm Coast of North Cornwall. The rock is very friable and it is a miracle that these things last as long as they do, being the last remains, I guess, of little headlands.
Indeed, after this winter’s storms, I have never seen as much rockfall along this section of coast (just South of Northcott Mouth near Bude); nor have I seen the beach so denuded of sand. At Northcott it is normally possible to walk on sand to the sea but that is quite impossible at the moment, there is perhaps a seventy yard strip of exposed bedrock separating two sections of sand. Looking at markings on the rock I would guess that the beach has lost around two feet of sand in the last few weeks.
It’s a great spot no matter how much sand it has though, with some terrific rock architecture such as here, and I was pleased to capture these godbeams from the setting sun behind this great fin of rock.
Northcott Mouth, Bude, Cornwall, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 12-40 mm f/2.8
This image was generated from 5 shots (+/- 1ev) exposure fused with Enfuse. The 'before' image shows the central shot in the sequence. I did experiment with tone mapping an HDR merge in Photomatix but couldn't find a result that I liked. Even with the fused image I had to do a little luminosity masking to remove haloing around the fin. The resulting image just needed a little contrast boost and some LAB saturation to separate the colours in the rock a little better.