Clashach Cove lies less than a mile to the east of Hopeman on the Moray coast and is sometimes called Cove Bay. Confusingly, locals also call it Primrose Bay or at least they did when I was at school in Hopeman in the 60’s. Anyway, regardless of its name, the cove has a lovely sandy beach with caves or sea arches at either side of the narrow bay; it’s a fantastic location. The caves, sandstone cliffs, colourful pebbles and rocks all make great photographic subjects. I’d love to return to Clashach someday to make more images but on this evening I concentrated my efforts at the sunlit, eastern side of the bay.
A large cave is visible (middle right) in the sandstone cliff; while the smaller cave slightly to the left of it is actually a low ceiling tunnel leading through to the shoreline beyond with some stunning rock formations.
8 sec @ f/14 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens
1/25 sec @ f/11 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 18mm
Emerging from the cave tunnel, greeted by this majestic, sandstone rock formation and an incoming tide.
3 sec @ f/16 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 45mm f/2.8 Tilt + Shift lens
A section of the sandstone cliff shaped like the prow of a ship by centuries of erosion.
2 sec @ f/11 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 lens @ 105mm
With their backs to the cliff wall, these time-smoothed pebbles have nowhere to run nor hide from perpetual grinding by the sea. This is a three-stitch panorama using the 24mm tilt-shift lens in portrait orientation. I also took the liberty of removing distracting purple graffiti from the rocks when processing the file.
1 sec @ f/16 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens
A three-stitch panorama using the tilt-shift lens in portrait orientation giving the view from the seaward end of the cave; again I have removed purple graffiti from the sandstone.
3 sec @ f/16 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 24mm f/3.5 Tilt + Shift lens
Waves crash onshore, heavy with menace, then retreat meekly anticipating their next onslaught.
1/5 sec @ f/16 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 lens @ 135mm
1.6 sec @ f/16 ISO 64 Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 lens @ 135mm
‘South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth.
Variable 3 or 4, occasionally 5 in Forties and Cromarty.
Showers thundery later.
Fog patches moderate or good, occasionally very poor.’
THE SHIPPING FORECAST [3rd June 2017]