Storm Clouds over Pentewan
Feeling the need for a sea air fix we we headed for the SW Coast Path and walked between the surprisingly glorious Pentewan Sands and the nature reserve at Ropehaven.
ORDNANCE SURVEY – Route planner map of today’s walk
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!
GARMIN FENIX 5X – Activity tracker data of today’s walk
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!
The walk was exhilarating with lots of inclines but never too much and always with level areas in between with spectacular views.
We saw more runners than walkers today so the elevation changes obviously make for a good workout.
Pretty breezy today especially on Black Head but the cloudscapes that wind created were absolutely perfect for my black and white photos.
We’ll definitely be back to explore more of this part of the SWCP.
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.
For all the ‘serious’ photographs my all time favourite walkabout camera combination is the Sony A7R and Sony’s super lightweight 28mm lens.
SONY A7R – Fantastically specified and so small and light
SONY 28MM – Perfect walkabout lens – uncomplicated and also amazingly light
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!
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.
To view Photo Album of this walk click here: PIKTOUR: ALBUM-PENTEWAN-ROPEHAVEN
For Information on Pentewan click here: INFO: PENTEWAN
For Information on Ropehaven click here: INFO: ROPEHAVEN
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