Waves on the rocks Westward Ho!
Westward Ho!, Devon
If you follow me you may have noticed the lack of activity lately. I took a photography hiatus for a large part of 2012 due to a combination of studying and family health issues. All seems to be on the up now though and I’m looking forward to a very positive 2013!
I went to Westward Ho! the other day, the first time that I have ventured out with the camera in ages. I was hoping to witness a lovely sunset but the weather was pretty poor. I was determined to at least have ago and as worst enjoy a little time by the sea. It didn’t start well. Within 10 minutes of being on the rocks I got soaked by a wave almost to my knees. My feet were freezing (trainers weren’t a good idea) but I decided that after a 10 mile drive I was at least going to try to get a few more photos.
I bought a Hitech 10 stop ND filter so had a bit of a play with that, it will take a bit of getting used to so that I can fine tune long exposures. I thought I was being clever edging back up the rocks staying ahead of the incoming tide but the sea was rough. I got soaked by rogue waves twice more! On one of them I was mid exposure so found myself trying to wait for it to finish while preparing to grab the tripod and running. At one point the water was about a foot and a half below the camera as I hovered over it determined to not waste 150+ seconds of a shot!
I didn’t get any photos that I was completely happy with but it was nice to finally get out. In this photo I like the way the waves were wrapping around the boulders. I will keep my fingers crossed for better light next time although I like the mood in this photo.