Well I don’t want to start this post off by making excuses but that’s exactly what I’m going to do. With hardly any posts on the website for the past couple of months, it might have left you wondering if I’d packed up this idea and moved on. The truth however, is that life just all of a sudden seemed to get itself in a big hurry for me over October and November. It’s been a struggle to keep up and so the blog has gone wanting…

 

Anyway, I still managed to get out taking pictures, just no time to write posts in probably the best time of year to be getting your work out there! It’s been frustrating to say the least. Certain things have to take precedence in life however, and that’s just the way it goes. So, with a few bits and bobs to catch up with in regards to the website, hopefully December will slow itself down a little and allow me some time to chase my tail. It’s amazing to see how other photographers/businesses keep up with all there is to do. As a one man band it can be a real struggle to fit everything into the hours of the day (especially when it’s dark by 4:30pm now!).

 

I hope you all saw last months picture of the Newsletter winner Terri Stanford with her big 20″ x 30″ canvas of “Holy Peace” at Holywell Bay. Just in case you didn’t, here it is. Terri’s very well camouflaged behind the canvas!

"Holy Peace" looking fantastic in the hands of our Newsletter winner.

“Holy Peace” looking fantastic in the hands of our Newsletter winner.

 

I think it’s safe to say Terri was pleased with her win, I was happy it went to such a lovely winner and I hope it looks amazing when it gets up on the wall! For your chance to win a canvas every month, all you have to do is sign up to the monthly newsletter on the front page of the website. At the moment, the pool of people in the draw really isn’t that high so your chances of winning are pretty good! If you can’t see where to sign up then just send me a message on the Philp PhotoDesign facebook page and I’ll sort out putting your name on the list! It’ll take you less than a minute to sign up and you’ll get a chance every single month to win a canvas, so hurry up and get it done!

 

 

With it now being December, it’s a lot easier to get up around sunrise time. The only problem is it’s far more likely to be freezing cold and blowing you across the beach. It’ll more than likely be grey half the time and ready to open the heavens onto you. If you strike it right though, it can lead to some pretty dramatic pictures. I caught these pictures of Porthcurnick after rushing to the car park in the morning and running as fast as I could to the beach when I saw what the colours were doing. I should really learn to leave half an hour earlier than I need!

Unbelievably gorgeous colours cover the sunrise sky at Porthcurnick.

Unbelievably gorgeous colours cover the sunrise sky at Porthcurnick.

Rough wintry seas land on the beach at Porthcurnick at sunrise.

Rough wintry seas land on the beach at Porthcurnick at sunrise.

 

I think it was on the same day that I rushed home from work and just caught the end of this gorgeous sunset at St Mawes (my new home!). It’s really exciting moving out here now as I haven’t really discovered much of the Roseland yet and so I’m going to have a few months of discovery around here once I’ve got my roots firmly planted. In early November I got some pretty decent shots of the fireworks down this way too.

A beautiful sunset scene at St Mawes with Pendennis Castle in the far distance.

A beautiful sunset scene at St Mawes with Pendennis Castle in the far distance.

Dusk at St Mawes and the waves lap the shore as the sunset finishes.

Dusk at St Mawes and the waves lap the shore as the sunset finishes.

Night time at St Mawes with the village lights beaming across the calm waters.

Night time at St Mawes with the village lights beaming across the calm waters.

A brilliant bonfire night display at St Mawes.

A brilliant bonfire night display at St Mawes.

 

 

I’ve been heading to Trelissick a lot over the past few weeks to try and get some decent shots for a lovely customer. So far, the weather hasn’t played ball for some striking colours, but I’ve worked out some good compositions and it’s just a matter of time until I get the shot I’m after. The clock’s ticking though as we want to get this done and printed and framed by Christmas! Come on weather!

The remnants of Autumn litter the ground at a wintry Trelissick.

The remnants of Autumn litter the ground at a wintry Trelissick.

Calm reflective waters at Trelissick.

Calm reflective waters at Trelissick.

Panorama view of gorgeous Trelissick.

Panorama view of gorgeous Trelissick.

 

I’ve got a little bit of bias towards Pendower as it’s where I first remember ever watching a sunrise, and it was with my family. We camped out on the beach with a fire in the summer and stayed up under the moon and stars until the sun came up. Every time I go there for the sunrise, something feels at peace. This sunrise didn’t look like much when I first arrived because of the cloudy horizon, but I waited long enough for the Sun to start breaking the clouds and got some lovely shots.

The sun burns it light across the water at Pendower.

The sun burns it light across the water at Pendower.

A lone fisherman braves the winter waters at sunrise out from Pendower.

A lone fisherman braves the winter waters at sunrise out from Pendower.

I visited Portloe recently for the first time at sunrise. I’ve been before but only for work so I wanted to check it out for it’s photography potential. Although the initial sunrise was disappointing (cloudy horizon again!), when the sun did eventually break through, it gave some awesome light to the rocks in the pictures below. On my way back up the cliff, I bumped into a lady walking her dog, and I think I scared her out of her skin as she wasn’t expecting to be bumping into a hooded figure on the cliffs first thing in the morning. Sorry lady! I’ll definitely be heading back to Portloe for that elusive perfect shot.

The Sea lights up a cold blue in the morning sunrise at Portloe.

The Sea lights up a cold blue in the morning sunrise at Portloe.

The sunrise beams across the wintry sea to the rocks at Portloe.

The sunrise beams across the wintry sea to the rocks at Portloe.

 

Like I kind of said at the start of this post, I have been so lacklustre with how I’ve treated the holiday season. Although I may have missed my chance for selling hard to you. I hope you enjoy my pictures all the same, and if you do want to gift anyone with something gorgeous from Cornwall then please get an order in sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment with delivery times.

 

Apart from that, have an awesome December and I’ll be sure to get some posts up this month!

 

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