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Newlyn SkyScrapers

Thought I’d continue with a bit more Black & White as I enjoyed it so much and the weather was a bit dismal anyhow so there was a good homely atmosphere about the harbour.. so after a brief trip out to the Estuary at Hayle we returned via Marazion and I bagged the D2Xs and picked up my D200 and wandered into the harbour with filters attached…. First a view over the rivermouth, St Michaels Moun and a little pano of 3 shots of Mousehole to Penzance..

Hayle Estuary from the Saltings
Hayle Estuary from the Saltings
St Michaels Mount from the wall
St Michaels Mount from the wall

 Panorama using 3 shots

Onto the Harbour at Newlyn as the weather closed in a bit, there’s something about all those towering beams and masts when the fleet are in that just feels so homely..

Masts of Newlyn Harbour
Masts of Newlyn Harbour
Newlyn Harbour
Newlyn Harbour
The Old and the New
The Old and the New
The Old Lugger Ripple
The Old Lugger Ripple
One of the Fleet
One of the Fleet
Part of the Newlyn Fleet
Part of the Newlyn Fleet
Newlyn across the harbour

Newlyn across the harbour

The pride

The pride & Dignity

Newlyn Skyscrapers

Newlyn Skyscrapers

The amazing Ripple

The amazing Ripple

 and finally the baskets that bring home the bread (or shellfish in this case) showing the romance of this working harbour..

The Bread of Newlyn

The Bread of Newlyn

Hope you enjoyed… there will be more .. one day :)

Moods in Monochrome

Felt like a bit of a change from the ordinary so after much research into the techniques of the masters like Ansell Adams it was time to load the amber filters into the kood hood and head off on a walkabout..
I’d come to love the mastery of tone and contrast shown in images like ‘Lake tenaya’ and ‘Jeffreys Pine’ and wanted to see what I could produce locally usi8ng subjects closer to home..

St Erth Church offered me the first opportunity, basically it was a perfect subject in Bright sunshine (a rarity these days reflecting off the harsh granite surrounded by the stark trees Leafless in the early spring. I loved the softness of the sky in this image and the way the vapour trails from some airbus scarred their way across it.. there was so much texture to play with in this image and here’s the result for your own conclusions.

St Erth Village Church using Ansell's Techniques of contrast
St Erth Village Church

Next it was back home that I spotted a good opportunity, the wind was howling and there was a lone Kitesurfer on the beach.. again the sun was bleaching the skies and sand and there was something naturally Ansell about this image so again I loaded the filters, switched to B&W and took my chances..

Its Kind of impossible to be on the beach there and not take a shot of probably the most photographed spot in the area, St Michaels Mount.. so naturally being rigged for Monochrome shooting I took the opportunity..

Whilst reviewing the shot a couple walked up the beach and I spotted this opportunity and it (for me) brought the image to life.. these are the opportunities many of us miss in todays Big Brother Style environment where every photographer is looked at suspiciously…

 Turning round I spotted the bridge and thought I’d try a close up shot in Monochrome

Well that almost draws this post to a close, though I’ve no doubts at all I’ll be back to this as there’s so much more to learn and explore in the world of Monochrome, but the mood needs to be right :).. here’s my final shot from this sequence, Hells mouth farm, or more to the point the wonderful Scots Pine(I think) Jinned by nature giving perfect contrast to the landscape.. Hope you enjoyed my little experiment.. I certainly did.

Cheers – Mel