Sunday, 1 May 2016

ignore the castle

1st May 2016, Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle, 5am

I've been meaning to do a sunrise walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle for a long time so I was up at 4:30 and off to Craster - it was easy to find a spot to park!  I took my trusty Canon G15 and my Canon 6D.

5am at the harbour and the pre-dawn light was developing.  It looked promising for a good sunrise.  I wasn't using a tripod so I could cover the ground quickly and although it was virtually dark, at ISO 12,800 I was able to shoot handheld at 1/60 f11.

By now it was clear that the colourful bit of sky was well away from the castle from this angle - I expected the sunrise to be further North at this time of year so this was a surprise.  Daisy was kept on the lead and well away from the lambs.

Nonetheless, there were nice photographs to be had down on the shore (ISO 10,000, 1/160, f11)

Daisy waited (fairly) patiently

At last sunrise at 5:23 - not hugely exciting and not on a grand 'sky-filling' scale but made an OK photograph through the G15's telephoto lens.

Then it all got a bit dull as we circumnavigated the castle and failed to find any angles where the small patch of colourful sky could be included in the same frame as the castle towers.

Finally just off the headland there were photographs to find including the sky, the silhouetted headland and the sun on the sea.

And so we returned to Craster - a 6km walk in one-and-a-half hours going from dark to dawn to overcast daylight.

Photography to me is about finding the photograph in the landscape - it's not always laid out on a plate.  You cannot control nature, you can plan a trip but there are no guarantees.

The trick is to make the best of what nature decides to do and be flexible.  Go off and find the angles and compositions that do make nice photographs and, if necessary, ignore the castle!

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

warm at any angle

30th April 2016, Embleton Bay, 6am

A beautiful morning from various angles.

Daisy was glad to be back in the warm, dry sun.  I say warm, it was 3C but felt warm with the sun on our backs.

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the many faces of a damp dog

29th April 2016, Ship Inn, Low Newton by the Sea, 6pm

A beer after a wet walk to celebrate the relaunch of Andy Craig Photography and Northumberland Photo Training.

Daisy came too but she didn't have a beer.

In one picture she's after a crisp, in the next she's trying to look sad because she had nothing soft to lie on (so I gave her my jacket).

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

right place, right time

27th April 2016, Low Newton, 6am

 I wanted a shot of the sanderlings as they scuttled along the waveline but they took off just as I took the shot - It turned out well though.  Right place, right time.

A springtime haiku for 2016:

Bluebells here and there 
Bonny blue signs of springtime 
But winter still holds on

27th April 2016, Beadnell Bay, 5pm

Another day of wintry showers interspersed with warm sunshine.  We were fortunate again (but then we have on our side...

hail and shadows

25th April 2016, Embleton Bay, 6am

Morning world!

 I wish I was in Northumberland
Sand beneath my feet
In the early golden light of dawn
There's a chance I'd never meet
Another living soul to share
The beauty that I'd see
I wish I was in Northumberland
Looking out to sea

26th April 2016, Football Hole, 4pm

Bonny waves in the sun and shadows on the sand: We hit a gap in the unseasonal hail showers. 

Daisy is not in these pictures as she was elsewhere and didn't reappear for an unsettling 15 minutes. 

Back on the lead for her for a while...

Sunday, 24 April 2016


23rd April 2016, Embleton Bay, 6am

6am is too late for sunrise but there was some lovely light around in the sky and on the beach and dunes.

These two photos were taken seconds apart. 1st one phone, 2nd one camera. One was processed with Snapseed on the phone and one in photoshop. I am fond of using the phone (I've used iPhones but currently it's a Galaxy) and here's why I won't apologise for using a phone:
1. It's quick and always with me - a few seconds later when the camera came out, the light wasn't as nice. I firmly believe in this saying: "the best camera is the one you have with you"
2. The on-board processing is amazing
3. I can post straight to social media perched high in the dunes and I like the immediacy of that.
4. I also like it for street photography where it is very discreet
5. It's all about the photograph NOT the equipment
6. I have a range of gear from full frame dSLR (Canon 6D - rarely used on this blog) to compact camera (Canon G15 99% of photos on here) to the phone and each one has its place and its time and its purpose.

23rd April 2016, Newton Point, 4pm

Nice sunlit waves crashing in below a glowering sky...

Friday, 22 April 2016

Different angle

22nd April 2016, Dunstanburgh, 7pm

A rare evening walk although the hoped-for sunset faded with the arrival of grey clouds. It was nice to see old familiar places lit from the west instead of the east.

Two shots from angles I've never shot before.  Tricky to get the exposure right (especially when you're worried the dog will knock you over the cliff any minute)!

22nd April 2016, Low Newton, 6am

Clouds appearing for the first time in a few days but the morning light show was impressive...