During 2020 I ran a photography challenge over on my travel blog looking at different techniques throughout the year. I was not expecting that the year itself would prove to be a challenge in that the Covid-19 pandemic hit us and not only put paid to any travel plans, but also altered the way in which we conducted our lives. This year I am going to look at those techniques again using new photographs as and when I get the opportunity.

I like to capture people strolling along the beach from afar, you can always find so much to look at.

October was all about the sea. I don’t necessarily spend a lot of time on the beach, but the views from close to our house is enough to make my shoulders relax and put a smile on my face. And the opportunity to photograph seascapes as well as landscapes has never been better.

A new beach for me is Praa Sands on the south coast (Mount’s Bay) though I have been here before many years ago. Another wide sandy beach.

Consider three essentials – place, time and means. The most important being place. To discover the perfect position you might have to take your time. When you see a view that looks promising, put your camera away, slow down, walk and look, walk a little more and look a little harder.

Boulders in the foreground help to frame that building on the top of the cliff
Steep cliffs and sea stacks show evidence of coastal erosion.
Rocky outcrops, lighthouses, surfers, lifeguards all make good subjects
Rocky outcrops, lighthouses, surfers, lifeguards all make good subjects
Silhouettes make a good focal point – get into a position where you are shooting into the sun.
Rock (tidal pools) at Gwithian where you have three miles of sandy beach to walk on. Keep your eye on the tide and above all, keep safe.

If you would like to have a look at the different techniques covered throughout the year then you can see them here. Please note that I am not running this as a challenge, but merely using the old one as inspiration for my photography this year.


  1. restlessjo says:

    Praa Sands is my kind of beach, Jude. Full of humps and bumps, cliffs and whooshy water. The Header is simply gorgeous. Have a great week!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a nice size for a stroll too. And the bar there serves interesting food with a creole theme so we’ll definitely be back.

  2. margaret21 says:

    Great seascapes – so evocative.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Margaret, I didn’t get to many this year, must do better.

  3. You have beautiful beaches. I especially like your photo of Praa Sands. Beach photos have the potential to look different every time (even if you are at the same beach every time).

    1. Heyjude says:

      They do indeed, different light, time of day, tide, weather and people. I must try and do more in the winter months.

  4. beetleypete says:

    Great examples illustrated by excellent photos, Jude. I wish we had rock pools in Norfolk, they were one of the holiday highlights of my childhood.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sadly I have not found anything interesting in the rock pools, but that hasn’t stopped me from looking.

  5. We’re here in Cornwall right now, Jude – and by coincidence I’ve just been writing our next piece, including the changing moods of the Atlantic in this changeable weather.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Big waves I imagine!

  6. Love all the various aspects

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Laura. Gives me a focus when I get to beach.

  7. Top for me is the silhouette one. I just want to be there!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The silvery light is lovely in that shot. You wouldn’t want to be there right now as it’s bucketing down 🌧️🌧️

  8. I do love being at the beach. We live at least two hours’ drive from the ocean so it’s always a treat when we go. I had four lovely days with a special friend at the beach last week.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes it’s lovely living so close, though not as close as where I lived in Cape Town which was a 5 minute walk.

  9. Cathy says:

    Love the silhouette exmple in particular, Jude

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