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remains of the day



The remains of the day after i'd paddled my arms off....!!

last weekend i decided it was about time i went for a dawn paddle so set off to the coast around the salcombe area
of the south devon coastline...

I camped near the estuary and set my alarm for 5.30am. As is always the case when i muster the energy to get up that early i could tell conditions would not be great for photography...

So i paddled out into the darkness with the glow of the sun inland behind me. I paddled to prawle point and rounded it with the beautiful morning sun on my face.....(this is starting to sound like a novel!!)....As said there was no real cloud and tbh i was at the wrong part of the coast for a sunrise...

So paddling back into salcombe on a barmy indian summer morning coming into the harbour the smell of cooked breakfast filled my yearning nostrils...time to re charge...

After brekkie and some sunbathing i went out of the harbour to the right to catch the evening light, back towards hope cove and thurlestone where many of my recent images are from...

This part of the coastline is spectacular, huge great cliffs multi coloured with moss and lichen fall into the sea, unfortunately there was nowhere for me to beach and get out, so no photos again (i will however return with a small anchor for my kayak and get a shot of this part of the coastline..)

Next was a massive sea cave approx 20 ft from sea to the top, i paddled in backwards and got in about 20 ft before this unearthly 'howl' started from very deep within the cave, at this stage knowing that obviously it was the wind, i decided it was probably not a good idea to go much further in so i took two paddle strokes out of the cave and the howl stopped....eerie to say the least, and a very very deep cave..

So with nowhere to put in i rounded the corner at hope cove with the sun about to set my only option was to beach at the beach this shot was taken at [link]

i fell out of my canoe and set about taking images, i was intending to pack up but the sky started filling with crimson bands which reflected ontot he incoming tide so another opportunity presented itself..

This is the last shot of the day 120m secs with a lee 3 stop glass filter, (which i might add i dropped for the first time on jagged rocks, to my surprise not a scratch on it) :w00t:

So after paddling about 30km in all to try and get a new shot i end up back where i started :shrug:....however it was worth the recce i now know this part of coastline a lot better and have some unique compositions to return for....

all comments welcomed,

p.s andy... i know you wont even open this up as its another coastal shot but there you go your not the only one who can write a novel alongside each submission...beat that ;)
Image size
1285x646px 237.03 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
121/1 second
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Sep 27, 2009, 6:25:37 PM
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