It was a Saturday and my first landscape photography shoot of early August and I was heading to Portland Bill in Dorset from my base in Bournemouth.
I do prefer a coastal walk and Dorset has some great coastline and I wanted to walk and photograph as much of it as possible during my limited stay here. It was over 40 miles to Portland from Bournemouth and over an hours drive.
I left later than usual as I wanted to stick around and maybe catch a sunset and low directional light. On arrival at Portland Bill there was too many people around for me and some festival going on. I drove around and stopped off in a car park on the Southwell landslip north of Freshwater bay on the west side of the Portland and area known as Cheyne Weares.
Using my Ordnance survey maps online I could do a good coastal walk from here heading north along the south west coastal path. Initially contrast was high between the sky land and sea but the scenery was breathtaking.
I passed by a little secluded Cove with a ruined church on the cliff skyline. Due to modern distractions also on the skyline could not get an angle I wanted to photograph the ruin. Often the case when you are out hiking and photographing.
Finally as the late afternoon passed into the evening I got the photo I wanted. Low directional light lit up the foreground rocks and in the mid section I managed to capture two sailing boats with the distant Dorset coastline in the background. Too date one of my favourite landscape/ seascape photographs.
Mission accomplished, I not get to photograph or visit Portlands iconic lighthouse popular with most visitors. But due to it being so busy I discovered an area I may have missed and got one of my best landscape photos to date.