I’d pretty much steered clear of photographing Newquay up until now. Either because of traffic or just because I expected the beaches to be too full of people. Too many people on the beach makes it a pain to take shots without the view being spoilt! I decided it was time to go there, so I packed the van up and went that way for a few days. I was aiming for Mawgan Porth and thought I’d gone past it. Turns out I’d only gone past Porth (different beach)! So I arrived at Watergate Bay, stopped on the hill at Watergate, grabbed my bits and headed down to the beach.
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, which is obviously ideal if you’re down on the beach just chilling out. When it comes to photographing the sunset, I prefer to see a few clouds to give a range of colours in the sky. Still, I wasn’t complaining. Watergate bay is a huge beach and I’d got there fairly close to low tide. The sea looked as if it was boiling. It was creating a mist, climbing the cliffs visible on either side of the beach. I walked to one side of the beach, got into the water and started messing around, trying to get shots close to the lapping waves, whilst simultaneously trying not to submerge my camera. I would love to get a housing to play around in the waves with my camera but they’re just slightly out of my price range at the moment!
After playing around in the surf, I went back onto the beach and started trying out some compositions with footprints. I must have looked a bit crazy on the beach. Taking a few steps forward in the sand, and then re-tracing those steps backwards. I would then set up to take photos. I ended up with this shot, which I really like. I’ll have to call it “Walking off into the sunset”.
Here’s a few more for good measure…