Beware of the Badger!

I recently visited Padstow in North Cornwall and while I was there I decided to get out for dawn for a walk along the coastal Path. The path along the Camel Estuary is beautiful in May and I was hoping for a decent sun-rise.

I got up at 4:30am so that I could be on the path 30 minutes before sunrise (5:10am) I was up so early that I actually startled two Badgers one of which literally chased me for a way along the path :)

There was a field of wheat on the left of the path with views out over the estuary and I decided to make a photograph of the composition. My first attempt on this morning is shown below:

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall

The sunrise was disappointing with a slowly clearing sky and the light from the sun is blocked. The composition with the tractor lines and the boat works OK. I decided to try again in the evening.

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall

The evening light is far better but the sky is pretty boring with no clouds to add interest. I have also over polarised the 14mm and therefore have un-even polarisation across the frame. I decided to try dawn again the next day.

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall at dawn

Camel Estuary, Padstow, Cornwall at dawn

The 3rd attempt at the shot has a good balance of light on the field, lead in lines and a more interesting sky. It is not perfect but it does show that it's worth re-visiting a location often to try for the best conditions. (and beware of Badgers!)