There is something magical about Perranporth Beach... from its golden sand dunes, beautiful cave and rock formations, two mile long walk by the cliffs and sea and the awesome drinking establishment, that is the Watering Hole, it really is a special place. It is an awesome beach for seascape photography and even street photography too.
I have been visiting Perranporth since I was a child. My Father and I used to drive across from London and we used to stay in a hotel called, 'The Ponsmere', that was smack bang on the beach. It has only recently been renovated into classy seaside apartments, which is kind of sad as it marks the end of an era.
On the plus side there is still 'The Seiner's Arms', another great hotel, nestled into the cliffs. It has a great pub and a very tasty breakfast. That is where I stayed last autumn, where I took all of the shots that you can see on my Perranporth portfolio page.
When I'm on the beach, the weather seemed to move approximately ten times faster, then in land, which is excellent for a seascape photographer who wants to capture some beautiful light amongst the dramatic cloud formations.
The abundance of people that make a beeline to the beach is also a photographer's dream. Surfers, dog walkers, runners, climbers, day trippers. As a Street photographer, you don't need to worry about snapping anyone or anything mundane.
Chapel Rock is this fairly staggering rock formation that you can see in the background of this photo. People are usually climbing it or sitting on it, so for this image, I was fortunate that there was no one circling it.
All it took was the pebble thingy, in the sand to use as a foreground object to give the elements in image a sense of balance. The Chapel Rock, the cliffs with the apartments and the foreground pebble thingy.
If I took the shot without the pebble thingy, this image wouldn’t have worked so well. The foreground would have been dull and uninteresting. The trio of triangle of elements would have just been two background elements. Yes there are the lovely reflections in the residual water, but some slightly textured sand is not enough in my humble opinion. It would have been just an 'okay' image.
One of the best things about seascape photography is the reflections in the wet sand, which really does elevate your photography. No waiting for the rain, no pouring a bottle of water over the concrete to create a reflection; on the beach, all the elements are there for the Photographer's taking.
So if you are heading to the UK and you want to take some beautiful photos, take my advice and head down West to the beautiful beach and town, that is Perranporth, Cornwall. (And look me up when you get here 😊)