As I have commented on previous images a visit to Sandymouth, just north of Bude, never disappoints. It is my favourite local spot and I always find something to shoot when I come here whatever the conditions. Good sunset light is the best though as it really brings up the colours in the Culm sandstones.
I’ve always had it in mind to do a long exposure at sunset of the waterfall but usually there are too many people around. Amazingly, given that it is the school half term week, there was not a soul in sight. Even in the worst weather there is usually a dog walker or two to be seen.
This is a pretty ‘low volume’ shot, I have seen it with far more water, when it jets out further horizontally. I’ll get that shot too one day.
This was taken with the B+W ND3 10 stop filter, which worked a treat. I’ve always loved how fluorescent the algae is on the rocks here.
Sandymouth, Bude, Cornwall, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 12-40 mm f/2.8
Focal Length: 12mm
Shutter Speed: 13s
Long exposures through a dark 10 stop filter can suck the colour out of a scene so really the only adjustments needed here were a micro contrast boost and a little LAB saturation. Believe me, at sunset the rock really is that orange, sometimes even more so, and the algae really is that intense green.