Poldark County

09th March 2016


With the filming of Poldark back in the news this week it sent me back looking at the photograph's that I took on the Cornwall Dawn 2 Dusk Workshop back in February.

Botallack Mine was the third location on the workshop and for me it was the best. Why? Simple! It was a challenging location. The mine buildings are located on the cliffs overlooking the sea and the photography viewpoint is west and looking back east to the mine buildings.

So where to start? Thankfully, we had our own Ross Poldark with is in Ross Hoddinott. Apparently, Ross was named after Ross Poldark from the original series. Anyway, back to the subject. Ross informed us that we needed to get as level with the mine buildings as is possible, this avoids distortion of the buildings in the photographs. The group set up and we started to compose our images. I have never taken photographs of a location like this successfully. The reason I didn't know what not to include. My instinct is always to include the sky but you don't have to. The photograph then becomes easier to take.

I also had to watch that I got the mine buildings away from the edge of the frame and watch the rocks in the foreground. It then was just a matter of shutter speed, with the help of a Lee Little Stopper. The photograph here was taken with a 13 second shutter speed, which has left a little movement in the water without smoothing it out completely.

I hope you like the photograph and any constructive comments are gratefully received.

All the best for now

Paul

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