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Bude Panorama, Cornwall #1

The secluded bay of First Cove at Bude on the North Cornwall coast

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The story behind this image

Having stayed in a holiday cottage near Bude on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall for nearly two weeks, my wife Liz and I decided it was high time we paid this popular seaside holiday resort a visit.

When on holiday we prefer to spend out time exploring more out of the way, less crowded places, normally avoiding the more developed tourist traps, but with our time in Devon and Cornwall drawing to a close it was time to bite the bullet and see what Bude had to offer.

So we drove to what we thought was the more peaceful side of Bude, parking up at Crooklets Beach for a walk along the promenade and up onto the cliffs just to the north of the town.

And it was while walking the cliffs that we came across this small secluded bay called First Cove, just a few strides away from Crooklets.

It was a bit of scramble to get down to the rock strewn beach, but well worth the effort as the sun came out from behind the clouds, lighting up the cliff walls with a golden glow set against a dramatic sky that really made the view come alive.

For this composition I wanted to get both cliff walls into the picture, forming a 'Vee' shaped frame for the beach, sea and sky to sit in.

But I couldn't achieve this effect in a single exposure, so instead I took a series of overlapping images to create this panoramic collage.

A much more balanced composition than I could have otherwise achieved, and one that does justice to this hidden gem, just a few scant metres away from the bustle of Bude itself.

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Filename - bude panorama 01

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm

Exposure - 1/160 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Bude, Cornwall, England

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Multiple overlapping images stitched together to create this panoramic collage.