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Seaweed at RHB

30/12/2019
A trip out between Christmas and New Year
The day after boxing day I managed to make it over to Robin Hoods Bay for a few hours to make some pictures.

A seaweed series is one of my current 'in development' projects and I am reaching that stage of the project where I am playing with existing ideas and looking to find new ones. I made a number of images playing around with wet seaweed and the copious amounts of kelp scattered around the beach. This one was the first seaweed image I made and I was particularly pleased with it. I love the little snail at the top of the picture! It aligns well to the themes and story I am looking to tell in the series so it is likely to make the cut I think.

'Seaweed tree'
'Seaweed tree'
 

Shortly after I made the picture (in fact it was still setup), Dave Tolcher and his family made it onto the beach. Dave and I nattered for quite sometime whilst the light was gorgeous and I probably should have been setup. But we had a lot to catch up on. When we finished I headed up the beach to find more seaweed much to Dave's amazement as the light was if anything getting better.

However it was a couple of sand and rock images that I made that particularly surprised me and have left me thinking about the potential for similar ideas. The first was at one of the points where mud from the cliff rolls down onto the beach - a subject I have explored several times before.

'Sand and mud pattern'
'Sand and mud pattern'
 

The second was actually made right at the start of the session - an area with super sand patterns that I had a couple of good goes at. This was my favourite and in particular I liked the higher key palate.

'Stone, sand and water'
'Stone, sand and water'
 

More seaweed was photographed as I continued to play with ideas for the sequence. My favourite was this one - the combination of GFX Fuji colours, Cambo Actus and in this case a 120mm Nikon large format lens is simply astonishing for this kind of work and continues to blow my old TK and Velvia combination out of the water. It seems I am now not alone in my love for the GFX as a couple of my friends finally join me! Now just to start working on extolling the virtues of Cambo!

'Stones and seaweed'
'Stones and seaweed'
 

Talking of large format, after I finished the session I delivered a few spare bits and pieces to Dave who is getting his Ebony 5x4 camera up and running again and we spent a good couple of hours reviewing and discussing his excellent 2019 sketchbook. Looking forward to looking at it with more leisure in Torridon in January. All being well I will bring over my 2019 Sketchbook to RHB tomorrow to discuss after I have another go at more seaweed!