Plan B

27/09/2013 - 00:28


Sometimes the view we want to make a landscape photograph of may not meet our expectations, but with an open mind, new possibilities may arise sooner than we think...




On a recent trip to Heybrook Bay in South Devon the prelude to the sunset seemed optimistic of interesting skies to end the day. There were whispy high altitude clouds, "good for the afterglow at least" I said to myself. There was a westerly breeze afoot. By the time I had walked round to Renney Reef on the western end of the bay and set up the camera and tripod awaiting the sunset, a bank of hazy clouds, low to the horizon much subdued the colours as the sun sank behind the distant Rame Peninsula in Cornwall.





However, after a similar occurence happening in Wembury some time ago, I decided to wait for the chance that there may be a good afterglow. Good luck had it that the whispy clouds high above were now in south to south easterly direction beyond the reef - they would surely catch the last steep angular post sunset light if an afterglow should happen...



Ten or so minutes later I was rewarded by a different viewpoint - less dramatic and rarerly photographed, (due to the lure of the dramatic rocks and gullies of the western side of the reef) with pink tinged whispy clouds... as waves sloshed upon the rocks. Though more simple, the view was no-less captivating to me than the view I had first sought.





It would have been so easy to pack up and go home once the first picture had not lived up to my hopes, but by staying and making an educated guess I finished the time there with a smile and a photograph I was truly happy with.


"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."

(George Eastman)





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