10 of my favourite photos
This hub is a random collection of some of my favourite photos I've taken of the past 5 years or so. They reflect my habits and habitats but beyond that there is little connecting them.
This photo was taken at Porthcurno beach in West Cornwall, a few miles away from where I live. It is a very well photographed spot owing to the fantastic colours and dramatic scenery. I think this day I might have been the only person on the beach, which is nice for a change. I have a ton of photos of Porthcurno in all conditions and times of year but this one is probably my favourite as it shows the power of the ocean here at the very tip of mainland Britain.
St Micheal's Mount Dusk
I took this photo the first time out with my new camera. This was in the days when I would go out with a tripod at all hours - I'm far too lazy to lug one around these days! It's the view across Mount's Bay towards St Michael's Mount in Marazion. Again a hugely over photographed place and whether or not this particular shot has anything to add to the millions out there is debatable. But I like it - it captures the serenity of the moment.
Spiral Stairway - Tomar, Portugal
Another cliche I know, but sometimes they're quite satisfying. This is looking down the spiral stairs between levels in the cloisters of the Convento do Cristo in Tomar in Portugal. The place is amazing and there are a hundred other equally fantastic details.
Whilst I say this is a cliche, I have tried on many occasions to knock them out but they don't usually work.
Roche Rock Chapel
This is one of those places I kind of knew existed but was surprised when I finally stumbled upon it. Set in a patch of wilderness on the edges of the very arbitrary village of Roche is Roche Rock and the hermit's chapel. I particularly like the colours in this photo and the contrast with the blue sky - not that common down here in Cornwall!
The Cobb Lyme Regis
Yet another cliche. I like to think this would go nicely on a chocolate box. This is the historic harbour wall known as the Cobb in Lyme Regis in Dorset. This one I like because it captures a moment, albeit a cheesy, been done a thousand times before one. Not often a couple stand at the end of a pier, alone, as the sun disappears behind the nearby cliffs. If it had been done for a chocolate box it would have been staged.
There had to be a surfing photo in here somewhere. This one I like because it is a decent sized wave, the sky is blue, the water is bluish and the surfer is looking poised and in control ready to power off the bottom. It was taken at Newquay's Fistral beach in September if I recall correctly.
Lulworth Cove, Dorset
With locations like this it's hard to take the credit for any photograph. Lulworth Cove on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is a strange, almost completely circular cove. I once read how it came to be this shape but have since forgotten. Whatever the cause it makes a beautiful subject for a photo.
This was a kind of experimental shot which may or may not work for you. I like it because it I think it conveys the mood really well. OK, it's a bit downbeat and if you see snow every year it might not do anything for you. However, down here in West Cornwall it's pretty rare to see snow.
Housel Bay, Cornwall
In complete contrast to the photo above here is the beautiful Housel Bay on the Lizard Peninsula in full and glorious technicolour. There are always one or two days in a Cornish Summer where the weather is on another level - I was lucky enough to be out photographing on the Lizard this particular year. Combined with the crystal clear water and near white sand this glimpse between the cliffs sums up the beauty of the Cornish coast.
Sintra fountain detail
This was taken in Sintra, which in my opinion is the most beautiful town in Portugal. I really like this photo because it has an unreal, still quality and the colours and depth of field are exactly how I would want them to be. If I remember correctly, I used a polarising filter, but no flash.
So, there we have it. 10 of my favourite photos. This selection is by no means definitive and is completely subjective. I'm imagining it will be the first of several favourite photos hubs as I have lots of favourite photos!
Anyway, please feel free to comment. Questions and constructive criticism are always more than welcome.