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CLASHACH COVE

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.

Clashach Cove | Moray

descent into Clashach Cove | Moray

​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

 

carpet of pebbles | Clashach Cove | Moray

a carpet of pebbles | Clashach Cove | Moray

1/25 sec @ f/11  ISO 64  Nikon D810 with 16-35mm f/4 lens @ 18mm

 

cliff overhang | Clashach Cove | Moray

cliff overhang | Clashach Cove | Moray

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

 

force of nature | Clashach Cove | Moray

force of nature | Clashach Cove | Moray

​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

 

backs to the wall | Clashach Cove | Moray

backs to the wall | Clashach Cove | Moray

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

 

cave | Clashach Cove | Moray

cave | Clashach Cove | Moray

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

 

wave motion and pebbles | Clashach Cove | Moray

wave motion and pebbles | Clashach Cove | Moray

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

 

wet pebbles | Clashach Cove | Moray

wet pebbles | Clashach Cove | Moray

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]

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