Friday 30 October 2020

what's new

30th October 2020, Boulmer, 7am

Lots of sunrises one after another this week but each one is unique which keeps me coming back for more.

Landscape photography traditionally uses 'landscape format' which just means holding the camera the right way up. Sometimes I like to shake things up and turn the camera on its side into 'portrait format' This is ideal when, like today, there are many different layers of colour and texture from the shoreline via the sea and up to the sky. The upright format allows the viewer to see only a vertical slice of the much larger view and means you see what I saw.

Thursday 29 October 2020

sunrise story

 29th October 2020, Buston, 6:30am

This morning's sunrise story from walking down to the beach at 6:45 until the colours had all faded to blue/grey by 8am

Wednesday 28 October 2020

not alone

 28th October 2020, Alnmouth, 7am

Tis the sunrise season! 

We were not alone on Alnmouth beach for this one. It's half-term so there were a good number of folk gathered there to appreciate the sight of the new day dawning. 

I wanted my composition to include some people standing together watching the sun.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

wandering around

 27th October 2020, Warkworth, 7am

On the road to the beach the pre-sunrise colours were breathtaking.  I had to stop the car for this shot.

A beautiful sunrise is just the start. It's nice to have an interesting foreground and an eye-catching distant object. My most photographed 'distant object' used to be Dunstanburgh Castle but these days it's more often Coquet Island. 

As for the foreground that's where you need to wander around and see what catches your eye. 

This morning there was the old lifebelt and the low tide sand ripples. 

A photographer's task is to MAKE the photograph FROM the view otherwise you have simply snapped a photograph of the view like any other passer-by.

Monday 26 October 2020

rain and shine

 26th October 2020, Craster, 9am

Today's PhotoTrail started off in drizzle, then rain then the sun broke through and the light was briefly beautiful.

The rain pattered onto the calm waters of the harbour.

One the sun came out the half-term families arrived to walk to the castle.

Thursday 22 October 2020


 22 October 2020, Buston, 8am

I was expecting a grey morning from the forecast but it turned out very nice indeed.

The view from Church Hill was like a postcard.

But looking down on the river the reflections of the sky, clouds and a few passing lapwings made an abstract composition.

The sea changes every day but yet there’s something about this view that is timeless (apart from the lighthouse on Coquet Island) - 

Today could have been any season, any year, any millennium... 

Gee but it's great to be back home

21st October 2020, Alnmouth, 6pm

It was good to be back home on the coast after a few days away.


Wednesday 14 October 2020

missing the weather

 14th October 2020, Alnmouth, 1pm

This morning's walk was misty and muddy.  As the morning wore on the sun came out and I had a sunny cycle to Alnmouth.

14th October 2020, Warkworth, 4pm

I use an app to forecast the rain and it's quite accurate.  It was very accurate today but for various reasons we ended up right under this shower.  If we'd been a few miles North we'd have been dry but then I wouldn't have got these photos.

wet walk

 13th October 2020, Buston, 2pm

It was grey and chilly but a lovely walk (until the rain started at our furthest point from home and it was very wet all the way home)