How much fun a man have with a B+W 10 stop neutral density filter?
I must be the most avid documenter of Sandymouth around. There are so many photographic opportunities here that I know of no other single site on the North Cornwall coast that can compete (though that won’t stop me looking for another one). This is one taken near high tide (when Sandymouth is not at all Sandy) over the reefs close to the beach access point.
When taking a fairly flat (in a horizontal sense) long exposure image such as this, rather than one with big rocks or some other feature present, some kind of otherworldly landscape always comes to mind, or perhaps the moment that John Hurt is lowered into the mist surrounding the eggs in the crashed ship in Ridley Scott’s Alien. I feel that I would like to walk around in the mist (rather than drown in the sea!).
You can see from how far the white water extends out and from the levels caused by breaking waves further out that the sea is very rough; indeed, this was the tail end of yet another of our Atlantic storms this winter. 20 seconds would level out most seas. Not this one.
Sandymouth, Bude, Cornwall, UK
Camera: Olympus E-M1
Lens: Olympus M 12-40 mm f/2.8
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 20s
Long exposures are quite malleable when it comes to post processing though little was done to this one. I shifted the hues slightly with some LAB curves and applied a little vignetting. All I felt the image needed was a little bit more of a 'blue hour' feel.