Photographing Boscastle and Using Kase Filters

Back to Boscastle

Boscastle has a special place in my photographic heart.  It was about 5 years ago that I decided I really wanted to start learning the craft of photography so I spent the day with local photographer Ross Hoddinott for a bit of 1-2-1 tuition.  The first location we visited was Boscastle and from that viewpoint on Penally Hill I probably learnt more about composition than I'd done in the previous 5 years.

Since that day I've been returning to that viewpoint every year to capture images the harbour.  Some years have been more successful than others but I've always enjoyed looking down onto that distinctive S-shaped harbour and the hills that run along with it.  There's more than just the harbour to shoot as well.  There are a couple of great viewpoints closer to the coastline that are worth checking out.  Read my blog post Sunrise at Boscastle to see them.

A Slight Break in the Weather

While the lovely summer weather we've been having here in the south-west is fantastic, it's not exactly been optimal for landscape photography.  I love the extended hours of light that allow me to travel further and get out more, but those pesky blue skies don't always translate well into good landscape photographs.

After a few weeks of "great" summer weather there was finally a break from the blue skies and the weather forecast was predicting some decent cloud cover that would hopefully make things a bit more interesting.  Fortunately for me it was also going to be high tide around sunset as I was keen to shoot some long exposure seascapes.  All I had to do was pick a location.   Boscastle immediately sprung to mind!

Kase Filters

Even though I'd already made one of my 5 Minute Photo Adventure videos from Boscastle I was so optimistic about the conditions that I thought it would be worth making another vlog from there.  As I was going to be shooting long exposures seascapes I thought it would also be an excellent opportunity to talk about Kase Filters.  A few months ago I needed to purchase a new filter system and after recommendations from some fellow photographers I know I decided to go with the Kase Filter system.   You can hear what I think about them in the video and watch me put them to use.

If you'd like to see how I got on with my latest photography adventure to Boscastle and hear my brief thoughts on the Kase Filter system, then check out the video below.

A Summers Evening in Boscastle

So was my evening in Boscastle a successful one?  Let’s find out.

As you will have seen in the video I actually got the better light early on in the evening.  Normally the light gets better the closer you get to sunset but due to atmospheric conditions the light fizzled out a bit as the evening progressed.    The following image is my favourite because it has the golden light on the foreground rocks as well as the hills surrounding the harbour.

Last Light at Boscastle Harbour, Cornwall - Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 at 20mm, f/13, 100 seconds at ISO 64, Kase Filters CPL, 6 Stop ND and ND Grad.

The other two images I took are pleasing enough but compared with the first I think they lack some depth and colour.

Boscastle Harbour at Sunset, Cornwall - Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 at 19mm, f/13, 100 seconds at ISO 64, Kase Filters CPL, 6 Stop ND and ND Grad.

Out to Sea, Boscastle, Cornwall - Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 at 18mm, f/13, 160 seconds at ISO 64, Kase Filters CPL, 6 Stop ND and ND Grad.

Overall though I was very happy with my adventure to Boscastle and the photographs I took.  Does that mean I won't go back?  Of course not!  There will always be new compositions to found and different conditions and lighting to work with. 

I do hope you enjoyed the video and photographs and that it has inspired you to visit Boscastle.  If you are looking for more Cornwall locations to inspire your photography then check out some of my other posts from Cornwall.  If you've got a favourite Cornish location that you want to share then let me know in the comments below.  See you next time!