Day 7, and our final day of our week in Exmoor , we set off for Woolacombe Bay , i had seen the name before but could not think where from. After a short drive we arrived and found the main car park along the bay. You entered the car park and only paid on leaving, there were no pay and display machines at all and at this point i could not see how you paid when leaving. Turns out when you leave a man is at the barrier and gives you a price based on how long you have stayed with a £5 charge for 3 hours and over. I have no idea how they can tell how long you have stayed and neither did i get a ticket or receipt , not open to abuse at all !
From the car park we headed towards the beach area and considering it was a fairly chilly October day we were surprised to see so many surfers in the water, nutters ! Along the beach were a few facilities such as a cafe and a hire shop to hire your surf board and wet suit, this is obviously the place to come if you are into your surfing.
We continued to walk around the coastline which was a beautiful rugged rocky scene. There were potential images at every point. We walked along the coast until it seemed to get inaccessible by foot , so we headed back to the cafe for a take away coffee and a sausage roll. We found a bench and parked ourselves here to admire the views around us.
There was a lovely little cove between the rocky coastline which i am sure must be packed during the summer season but today was relatively empty.
When we got down there i new i wanted to break out my tripod and shoot a long exposure. I found a composition and took a normal shot then with the Lee Filter App i calculated the exposure for the Ten Stop Big Stopper. To produce the image below.
The above image was a 121 sec exposure at 24mm ISO 100 at F/10. This gave me the silky water and some movement in the sky i was after.
A little further back towards the car park i found another little rocky area which i liked , i zoomed into 55mm to create this composition that to me resembles a sleeping dragon, or is that just me ? Anyway, the iso was 400 as it was a little dark and i did not want to long a exposure this gave me a 30 sec exposure at F/8.0.
I just liked the colours and textures in the image above which i found worked best as a portrait orientated image.
We had a great time in Exmoor at a lovely little bungalow in Brendon. If you have not been to North Devon it is certainly worth you considering it as a place to visit one day.