Penmon Lighthouse Anglesey
I've been lucky enough to spend a weekend photographing the wonderful coastline and scenery of North Wales with a good friend Steve Cheetham photography. The trip was very successful and was a great recce for a future trip, planned for when the light is kinder and catching a sunrise doesn't mean setting the alarm in the early hours! We were still up and out early doors and we arrived on Penmon Point around 6:15am and it was pretty windy but the light looked half decent and a bit of colour was creeping through the cloud. As Steve worked his way straight on to the point I decided to try a wider approach taking in the pebbled beach and grabbing an opportunity to catch a bit of foreground colour in the form of a sprout of pink wildflowers.
Sometimes it's nice to get away and leave the daily grind behind, I'd say re-charge the batteries but this trip was packed with some nice hikes and we covered a fair bit of distance on foot throughout the weekend. Penmon Lighthouse is a fairly compact location and doesn't take much getting around however it does throw a few challenges at us with slippery rocks by the sea and some hard to reach areas if you step away from the beaten track. We had the location to ourselves however there were a few campers on the foreshore and we were told by the rather friendly chap taking the toll monies (it costs £2.50 to drive on to the point) that it gets busy in the holiday season, sometimes packed with tourists having their picnics and barbeques.
As I moved closer to the sea, navigating the greasy hard rock the cloud started to form quite interestingly and long exposure was fielding some nice results as the wind blew in a favourable direction. The blue sky was really trying to show itself and I grabbed the opportunity to get some nice contrasting cloud formation. If you look carefully you can see my fellow photographer Steve on the rocks to the left.
Sometimes we focus so much on the main event, this location being the lighthouse we forget to look behind us! As I moved around I saw the old coastguard cottages looking pretty depressed with the moody dark skies behind. I took a punt and I'm really quite pleased with the shot.
It's hard to believe that moody sky in the cottage shot looking North was taken just minutes after the shot below! The weather can change in an instant and it's always something we should be aware of whilst out on location and the same caution should be given to the tide when shooting coastal scenes from shore side. All in all this location set us up for what turned out to be a great day on the island and somewhere I could return time and time again.
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Nice images Neil and a nice post, particularly like your second one down with the rock pool foreground. Definitely worth a re-visit!
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