St Agnes Beacon and Wheal Coates Tin Mine
Thursday 26th July 2012
Hot day turned fresher in the evening and the sunset never really happened. We first walked to the top of St Agnes Beacon. The heather and gorse was not quite out. We had hoped to photograph the cliffs adorned with purple bell heather and yellow western gorse. The view from the beacon towards St Ives is wonderful. Not only was the show of flower disappointing but there was also a lot of mist about. I did manage this shot of the beacon looking inland rather than along the coast. I am hoping to come back in a couple of weeks time when the display should be wonderful.
We moved towards the headland and Wheal Coates Tin Mine. The mist and cloud worked together to give the sky a very pastel appearance. Below is a photo trying to show this effect. I am not sure it has worked. Difficult to take as the camera was pointing straight at the sun. I could have made the photo more dynamic and contrasty in photoshop but wanted to convey the soft effect I was seeing. This is not an HDR photo but a blend of two exposure; one for the sky and one for the land.
As I said earlier the sunset did not happen. Below are two photos of the most famous engine house at Wheal Coates, The Towanroath Shaft Engine House. The first photo is a vertical panoramic of two images taken about 10 minutes after the sun went down.
For this second shot I had walked a bit further down the cliff. This was taken just as the sun was going down.