WALK | Cornwall | Northcott Mouth-Bude

Looming light on Bude’s beaches


THE WALK

The weather forecast was horrendous for our local area so we headed to Bude that has it’s own micro climate which invariably is better. It was still wet and windy in places but with a lot more clement intervals. The other benefit of venturing out in this sort of weather is that not only does it suit the North Cornwall coastline but you tend to have the place to yourself.


MAP

ORDNANCE SURVEY – Route planner map of today’s walk

Ordnance Survey iPhone/iPad app Map

We use the Ordnance Survey route planner app for iPhone/iPad to create all our walks these days ….. the GPS accuracy is amazing ….. especially useful when the paths just disappear!


PHOTOS

Not many walkers out today!
Walking in the rain towards Bude
Looming light on Bude’s beaches
Threatening storm over Bude beach
Towards Bude and Beyond
Beach Strata and Gull
Strata and Storm
Walker in the Storm
Walkers on Northcott Mouth
Sheep over Northcott Mouth
Northcott House overlooking Northcott Mouth
Walkers after the storm

SUMMARY

It was surprising how rugged Bude’s coastline looked today, I had never thought of Bude in that way before. Bude to me was always a beach resort with people on sunbeds, surfing the waves or eating ice cream!

The weather today changed everything! And as far as I was concerned, for the better. I love the rugged north Cornwall coastline and this was now in the same mould, ideal for my sort of photography…..moody, stormy, dark cloudy sky…..perfect for black and white images!


STATISTICS

GARMIN FENIX 5X – Activity tracker data of today’s walk

Garmin Fenix 5X app Data

It’s interesting, and quite comical at times, to compare the Ordnance Survey route and time predictions with the route and time we actually take. Quite often we stop to take photo’s, admire the views, get sidetracked or even get lost…..yes occasionally even GPS loses the signal and can temporarily point us in the wrong direction….so the route can look quite different and be quite a bit longer at the end of the day!


PHOTO EQUIPMENT

IPHONE 11 PRO MAX: With it’s new three lens system and now waterproof the iPhone Pro Max is a perfect companion on our walks for selfies, panoramas, videos and to view our Ordnance Survey route planner maps.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Managed to get some pretty descent images using the only walkabout camera combination I use these days, the Sony A7R and Sony’s super lightweight 28mm lens, they just had to be tucked inside my jacket in between shots to keep the rain off.

There was however a spell of photos where I obviously hadn’t cleaned the rain off the lens so I had some considerable retouching to do in some areas!

SONY A7R – Fantastically specified and so small and light

Sony A7R Camera

SONY 28MM – Perfect walkabout lens – uncomplicated and also amazingly light

Sony 28mm Lens

PHOTO TIP

I don’t want to have to think too much about camera settings on these walks so I have configured the Sony A7R’s Custom 1 option as follows: Manual Focus / Aperture f11 / Auto ISO / Continuous Bracket 5 Images 0.7 stop. I set the lens to a Hyperfocal Distance of around 2.35M then fix it with some surgical tape along the bottom of the lens. Now I have everything in focus from 1.35M to Infinity.

The resulting 5 images can either be used for Auto Aligned HDR or I can use a single image, usually the one with the best exposed highlights ….. clouds are normally the trickiest to get right. I like gritty images so when the ISO creeps up I don’t really have an issue with the results ….. it can often add to the atmosphere of a Black & White image …. the ease of use those settings give me far outweighs any image downside!


REFERENCES

ORDNANCE SURVEY – We always use their iPhone/iPad route planner app to create our walks and to check out any car journey routes. Can’t go walking without GPS these days ….. love it!

MET OFFICE – Used on every walk for weather information. An invaluable tool in planning what gear to take.

WIKIPEDIA – For finding information quickly Wikipedia is far and away the best, most convenient, useful source for anything ….. whatever their critics say! I use it all the time for information about places we visit on our walks.


LINKS

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