New Stuff

I’ve just treated myself.

I’m off to Cornwall for some landscape/seascape shots in a couple of weeks and so i’ve treated myself to a few new toys.

First up i’ve finally replaced my broken Lee Little Stopper. I loved that filter the last time I went down to Cornwall, right up until I drop it down the steps at Bedruthan and watched it smash on the rocks. I couldn’t leave the broken bits so after walking up the stairs I trekked all the the way back down to pick up the broken pieces. Anyone who has been to Bedruthan will know that’s no easy task. I’m looking forward to getting out and trying them again.

My next toy is a set of Lee Sunset filters. I’ve never used these type of filters before so am looking forward to trying these out. The are a collection of three graduated filters ranging in colour from red to yellow to give more colour in the sky during the sunset. I can’t wait to give them a try.

And finally, and most excitingly, a new tripod. There wasn’t too much wrong with my last one to be honest but it was a bit cheap and a little bit wobbly. My new one is by a company called Artcise and is made from carbon fibre and on first sight, looks amazing. It’s tall, it’s strong, it has a bowl head and as an extra little gimmick it has a funky little mobile phone holder, and again, I’m excited to get out there and try it out.

I’ll try to give some proper reviews once i’ve tried them all out. 🙂

My Image – Fistral Sunset

A while ago I signed up to Instagram as a way of showcasing my images. You can view my page here : https://www.instagram.com/smcimagesuk

Since then i’ve been posting regular images and watching with interest which ones are more popular than others. Currently, leading the pack with over 300 likes, is this image of Fistral Bay in Newquay, Cornwall.

When I took this image I particularly wanted to create the milky water effect and the smoothed out clouds and streaks of sun in the sky. To do this I used a LEE Little Stopper filter. This filter is one of my most favourite items of kit in my bag. Or it was until I accidentally dropped it over the side of a cliff at Bedruthan Steps. Having just walked all the way up the steps there, I then had to walk all the way down again to retrieve the broken parts of the filter.

Anyway, this nifty little filter blocks out 6 stops of light, therefore allowing me to slow my shutter speed right down and create this smooth effect.

Another thing you might light to know about this image is that despite the remote, desolate, look of the image, this was actually taken just metres away from the rear entrance of the hotel I was staying at, on a usually bustling beach in the seaside town of Newquay. It was evening when I took this and so the crowds of people had gone home but I enjoy the though that just a couple of hours before this image was taken this beach was full. (it was taken pre-covid with no lockdown restrictions).

I’m glad that the Instagram world like this image. It is one my favourites and I can’t wait to get a new LEE little stopper to replace the broken one and to get back out and shoot some more scenes like this one.

This image will be added to my Print Sales page soon so keep checking back.