It’s always very exciting when I arrive at a harbour to see what opportunities there are to create a striking image. Initially on this visit to Newlyn in Cornwall, one of my favourite places for photographing boats and reflections, I was a little disappointed.
It was cloudy and grey with very flat, dull light. A storm was definitely on its way.
On the plus side, there were some brightly coloured boats in the harbour and not too much wind so I wandered along the quays to see if anything caught my eye.
Then the sun broke through and the bright orange fishing boat called Mayflower with its white superstructure was suddenly lit up and reflected in the dark grey moody water. Result! In fact I was so pleased with this image that I included it as one of the three displayed in the Limelight exhibition space in the Falmouth Art Gallery in August 2015 alongside “Blue reflections” and “Quayside reflections”.
Back to the story…the storm clouds were soon replaced by a bright blue clear sky and although other photographs benefitted from the changed conditions I feel lucky I caught this boat against the grey.
The improving weather can be seen in this second shot.
It never did rain so I think I’ll stick with photography and not forecasting the weather!