• Andy Davey

A Cornish Experience part 2

Godrevy Lighthouse

Once upon a time the Lighthouse was considered an essential part of any dangerous coastline. It's there to warn and protect ships and boats alike. Today with modern technology on most sea worthy vessels the lonely lighthouse doesn't feel needed.

However, as a photographer the lighthouse is the perfect subject of a seascape photo. If you can add rocks and a turbulent sea to that, and maybe a sunset or sunrise you have the makings of a stunning photograph.

One such lighthouse is Godrevy Lighthouse in Cornwall. You have everything you could possible wish for to make a lovely landscape/seascape photo, giant rocks, an incoming tide, cliffs, and a sunset

Godrevy lighthouse Cornwall 30mm - f/16 - 1/13th sec - Lee 0.6 ND Grad

I had hours of fun exploring the rocks before the tide came in, working out where i wanted to be and when. Then when the tide was right i already knew where to go.

A word of warning about Godrevy beach, you can easily get cut off on the rocks, always have an escape route and watch for the tide behind you. The beach is probably the best place to shoot the lighthouse with the rocks and tide all adding to the composition of the photo.

This is one location i have every intention of visiting again. There are so many possibilities for that perfect landscape photograph here. Whether it's a black and white, a long exposure, and stormy day or a calm sunset Godrevy has it all. Parking it easy too, there is minimal walking if walking great distances isn't your thing, but if it is, then you have a stunning coast path to follow.

If you have the time to explore other locations away from the beach then try the cliffs, this can make a stunning location for a photo.

f/16 - 236 seconds - ISO 100 - 27mm. Lee Big Stopper and Lee 0.6 ND Hard Grad

There's something about a Black and White photo i love. I think because you have to look at the photo and study it to appreciate it more.

So if you're heading to Cornwall and want to plan your photo locations then this has to be top of the list. It's easy to get to both parking and walking (see map below). Aim for about three hours before high tide and get some idea of where on the rocks is safe and provides a good location. Keep an eye on the tide as you can easily get cut off. Walk up the hill along the coast path for some lovely long exposure shots or to provide a different perspective

f/16 - 67 seconds - ISO 100 - 65mm Lee Small Stopper and Lee 0.3 ND Hard Grad

Most importantly enjoy yourself and stay safe. Please feel free to comment, i welcome feedback.

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