Best Photos from 2017

31st December 2017
Another year on, and once again it’s time to reflect on my favourite photographic moments from the past 12 months. 2017 was a good year, where I could have easily picked out 20 or more highlights – however there were five which for me stood out above the rest:

Halton Quay

Halton is an interesting little quay on the banks of the Tamar between the Pentillie estate and Cotehele. It's an area I had been intending to shoot for some time, and one early January morning, frantically trying to find a viewpoint before the frost and mist disappeared, I took my chance. And what a view! I loved the delicate frost in the reeds, the soft reflections in the still river, the subtle mist hanging in the valley, and the lone boat perfectly positioned in the composition.

The Valley of Rocks
A rare trip up to Exmoor was rewarded by this fantastic sunset. This is from the Valley of Rocks just outside Lynton. I had intended to shoot from the top of the hill, showing the view across the sea. However half way up, I was really taken by the way the low sun was casting its light through the early spring foliage and blossom on the tree, and decided this was the more interesting view.

Porth Nanven
After a long day enjoying the craziness of Mazey day in Penzance, we retired to Sennen for some fish+chips, and then to Porth Nanven for the sunset, one of Cornwall's smallest and photogenic beaches. I was lucky with the weather on this evening, which treated me to some sublime, warm and soft light. The tide had washed up a lot of sand – I have never seen so much here before - and I was first upon it, so no foot prints! In fact, I had to be careful to hop from rock to rock to avoid leaving any myself which I may regret when setting up the shot. My eye was drawn immediately to the way the river had cut channels thorough the sand, and the dramatic ridges and textures this had left behind.

St Michael’s Mount
This shot was actually made the same evening as the Porth Nanven photograph. Night photography needs specific conditions and as I headed home, everything came into alignment. The clouds had cleared away. It has been raining earlier in the day too, so the air was nice and clear. When I checked the moon phase and found that it had already set, I knew there was a possibility to see the Milky Way, so I stopped off at St Michael’s Mount, set up on Chapel rock for a bit of elevation, and waited for the sky to fully darken.
This is a combination of two exposures - the foreground and mount was shot over 18 minutes (1100 seconds at F4, ISO 100), and lit by the flood lights from Marizion behind me. The sky was then shot at 25 seconds (F4 ISO 6400).

I was only at Godrevy to meet up with a friend, however the sunset was amazing! Godrevy is one of those locations I can happily photograph again and again and approach it in a different way each time. On this day, the seas were rough, and the swell was small, so I could get nice and close and really make the most of the interesting rocks in the foreground. I then spent a fun few minutes trying to time the shot perfectly to catch the breaking waves highlighted in the evening sunlight.

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