Amazing night sky in Cornwall

When we visit St Ives in Cornwall, we usually stop at the Ayr St Ives Holiday Park. It has great views over the bay but sometimes you’ve got to take time to appreciate the night sky. If you look closely you may even spot the meteor showers.

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Beaches and sunsets with the Fuji X-T2

Normally when we visit Cornwall the weather, even in Summer, can be a bit mixed but this year has been exceptionally good. I pretty much always have a camera with me while away and the Fuji X-T2 is the perfect choice being fairly compact, while also delivering great images.

From a photographic point of view, clear blue skies are a bit boring but when you have gorgeous beaches like these in Newquay and St Ives, you can live with it! Quite a few of these pictures were taken on the wide angle 10-24mm f4 Fuji lens. I do like the wide angle of view for this type of image.  A few were also taken on the 50-140mm lens, another superb piece of glass.

This year I took a few more sunset pictures than normal – there’s something nice about being on the coast as the sun goes down, especially when the coastline is as beautiful as this…

St Ives in Summer

It’s one of our favourite places and this year we had the best weather yet for our visit to the Cornish coast.  We stayed at the Ayr St Ives site which takes motorhomes, caravans, tents and even has some luxury static caravans, lodges and a hotel. It also has great views and sunsets!

St Ives has everything, great beaches, good walks, atmospheric pubs and plenty of good beaches all within a few minutes walk. When there, we always seem to bump into a wedding too.

Here are a few photos:

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Photographing a Biathlon in St Ives

A recent visit to St Ives in Cornwall coincided with the annual Surf Life Saving Club’s Biathlon.  

The event marked the club’s 60th anniversary as well as being the 20th time the Biathlon has taken place.

Whilst I’m normally out and about covering events in Preston, it was hard to resist taking a few photographs as we joined the biathlon spectators at the harbour finishing line.

It was an enjoyable hour or so and I was happy to make a few of the photos available to the Club when they saw some on Twitter.

The pictures below are a more comprehensive collection and hopefully some of the competitors will get to see themselves here. I may even try and make the event next year! Click on any picture to view as slideshow.

 

 

 

 

A stop off at Newquay in Cornwall

Last time we visited Newquay was for a day trip and it was quite a few years ago. This time we had four days to explore this popular Cornish gem.

Our first ‘port’ of call was the harbour; lousy pun I know, but this is the bit of Newquay we visited last time and I wanted to see if anything had changed. Small fishing boats still pack into the harbour and it still looks pretty as a picture, especially when the tide is in. When the tide is out the harbour is less attractive but that’s when the beaches come into their own.

At low tide you can walk between the individual coves, covering a good distance along the shore. The coastline here is quite steep and this provides a scenic backdrop to the turquoise sea and golden sand. We were lucky with the weather and the sun certainly helps, particularly with the picture taking!

The town itself, while not the most attractive, has everything you need and is bigger than other resorts in the area. What you don’t get with Newquay is the quaint narrow streets with fishermen’s cottages. You do get a lively vibe around town and more young people visiting which is nice.

Newquay is a great family resort and those beaches and harbour are great for photos. We hope to return again much sooner this time.

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A second visit to St Ives

We always try and visit St Ives in Cornwall at least once a year but this year we made a second trip, just a few weeks after the first visit.

Fortunately we were quite lucky with the weather this time and the waterproof trousers we’d had to buy on the first visit stayed packed away. That’s not to say we didn’t see some rain clouds during the week but I can console myself with the knowledge that the dark clouds add a bit of drama to photos.

Here are a few pictures below. You can also check out my post from our previous visit ‘Beautiful St Ives’ here  And, if you prefer monochrome, you can also view some black and white St Ives pictures here

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St Ives, Cornwall in black and white

We made our second visit of the year to St Ives in Cornwall last week and as always it proved to be a rich source of picture taking opportunities. In this blog post I thought I’d post a few photographs taken on a single day of our visit, when I decided to shoot in black and white.

It was a day of sunshine and stormy skies which helped add a bit of drama to some of the shots.

For all these shots I used the in-camera Acros film simulation which is set through the menus on the Fuji X-T2. I could have shot raw files and converted them later but I decided to shoot Across jpegs. The different film simulations is one of the great features of this camera.

I know black and white is not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you want to see colour images of St Ives, my photos from our previous visit are here

Anyway, here are a few photos from my black and white day…

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