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NORTH YORKSIRE & NORTHUMBERLAND COASTS

This trip had been arranged to take in the photographic delights of the stunning North Yorkshire and Northumberland coasts which I had visited in good weather some years before. Frustratingly, this time around, the weather was mostly un-inspiring as one grey day followed another. It was well through the first week before the lens cap came off, however, I’m rather pleased with the results displayed in this lengthy post.

Whitby Pier | North Yorkshire

Whitby Pier | North Yorkshire

This tower is a well-known feature on Whitby’s West Pier, captured early one morning to avoid too many sight-seers. The tilt + shift lens was shifted up to avoid converging verticals on the tower; while the clouds were given a little helping hand to increase their drama.
ISO 100  1/6 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Whitby Pier | North Yorkshire

Whitby Pier | North Yorkshire

A bit of patience was needed to avoid the tourists; I particularly wanted to record this image with the wooden planks gently curving towards the lighthouse. Again, some drama was added to the clouds.
ISO 100  1/6 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Saltwick Bay | N. Yorkshire

Saltwick Bay | N. Yorkshire

This is Saltwick Bay a short distance south of Whitby town;  I am pleased with the cloud effect which seems to mirror the breaking waves on the shore.
ISO 100  1/4 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Saltwick Bay | N. Yorkshire

Saltwick Bay | N. Yorkshire

One of my favourites with the setting sun away behind me and reflecting off the clouds above the sea; the sun glancing off the cliff top was the icing on the cake and worth the long wait. A LEE “Big Stopper” filter was used to extend the shutter time to 158 seconds to smooth out the sea and the clouds.
ISO 400  158 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Saltwick Bay | N. Yorkshire

Saltwick Bay | N. Yorkshire

Ironically I had come to Saltwick Bay for the sunset so having a full (or almost full) moon suddenly appear above the sea stack was a real bonus.
ISO 400  0.5 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 102mm

 

Dunstanburgh Castle | Northumberland

Dunstanburgh Castle | Northumberland

This is moody Dunstanburgh Castle set on its Northumberland rocky outcrop, photographed from the south near the village of Craster; the long exposure has had the desired effect on the clouds and the stormy sea. This was another case for a quick retreat in the face of the advancing tide.
ISO 200  91 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

stormy day | Craster | Northumberland

stormy day | Craster | Northumberland

I love the storm clouds here; I will never willingly photograph a landscape with a boring, cloudless blue sky ever again!
ISO 400  127 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

morning | Alnmouth beach | Northumberland

morning | Alnmouth beach | Northumberland

An early morning visit to Alnmouth beach but not early enough to avoid walkers out enjoying the sunrise and using this path as a thoroughfare; however patience is a virtue and I eventually managed to capture two vertical frames stitched together to produce this peaceful monochrome image.
ISO 400  1/8 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Alnmouth beach | Northumberland

Alnmouth beach | Northumberland

Seaweed and a breakwater on Alnmouth beach.
ISO 100  0.4 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

breakwater | Alnmouth | Northumberland

breakwater | Alnmouth | Northumberland

Simple shapes produced by a broken breakwater on Alnmouth beach.
ISO 100  1/3 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Alnmouth estuary | Northumberland

Alnmouth estuary | Northumberland

I normally see clouds such as these whilst out driving and unable to stop to take a photograph; the low evening sun highlights the interesting sand ripples in the foreground.
ISO 100  1/8 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

sunset | Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

sunset | Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

Towards the end of the day and this cloud bank very nearly defeated my attempt at a sunset photograph on the tranquil Alnmouth estuary; but I won out on this occasion.
ISO 200  1/25 sec @ f/8  Nikon D800 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 116mm

 

barn roof | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

barn roof | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

I love the textures of the monochromatic wood, stone and concrete, standing against the orange roof tiles of this shed on Lindisfarne Island.
ISO 100  1/20 sec @ f/11  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

barn | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

barn | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

The same “wonky” shed as photographed before; showing that none of the uprights or horizontals come anywhere near to being level; very strange!
ISO 100  1/20 sec @ f/11  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

hill-side fence | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

hill-side fence | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

A zigzag fence near Lindisfarne Castle; leading the eye towards a distant ship. Again, I love the texture of the weathered fence, boulders and stonework.
ISO 100  1/5 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Lindisfarne Castle | Northumberland

Lindisfarne Castle | Northumberland

Lindisfarne Castle is one of the most photographed ancient buildings in Britain; I wanted to give this a certain feeling in post-production but I was also lucky to have interesting clouds hovering above.
ISO 100  1/10 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

barn roof | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

barn roof | Lindisfarne Island | Northumberland

The roof of an upturned boat on Lindisfarne Island; this image works extremely well in mono aided by the obliging fluffy clouds, particularly the one on the left which seems to echo the roof contour.
ISO 200  1/25 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

sunset | Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

sunset | Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

Another tranquil evening on the Alnmouth estuary; beautiful!
ISO 200  1/40 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Derelict groyne | Alnmouth | Northumberland

Derelict groyne | Alnmouth | Northumberland

An interesting piece of old breakwater on Alnmouth beach; using my tilt + shift lens, I trained a narrow line of focus to follow the diagonally leaning textured wood, leaving other parts of the photograph to pop out of focus.
ISO 100  1/25 sec @ f/8  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

concrete block | Alnmouth beach | Northumberland

concrete block | Alnmouth beach | Northumberland

Nature combating man’s footprint; a concrete block fortification from WW2 sinks further down into the Alnmouth beach.
ISO 100  1/6 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 45mm f/2.8 tilt + shift lens

 

Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

Unfortunately I was not able to separate this beached yacht from its surroundings but I like mood of the image as if it is from the Victorian era.
ISO 100  1/5 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

 

Tranquillity | Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

Tranquillity | Alnmouth Estuary | Northumberland

I love this photograph with its cool tones brought to life by the evening sun hitting the low hillock in the background; my last image from the Alnmouth area of the Northumberland coast.
ISO 100  0.4 sec @ f/13  Nikon D800 with 24mm f/3.5 tilt + shift lens

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