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Bude, Cornwall #6

Coin in the slot telescope at Bude on the North Cornwall coast

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During our two week stay in southwest England, spent exploring the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of Devon and Cornwall, my wife Liz and I sought out quieter, less developed places to visit rather than the well known tourist hotspots.

But seeing as our holiday cottage was just outside Bude on the Atlantic coast of North Cornwall, and we were approaching the end of our time here, we decided to bite the bullet and have a look around this busy seaside resort.

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.

The weather on the afternoon of our visit was lively to say the least, with warm sunshine alternating with sharp showers and a blustery breeze.

All this weather made our gentle stroll along the promenade somewhat of an adventure, with me having to tuck my camera under my coat on a regular basis to keep the rain off the lens and filters.

But on the plus side, I had some great skies to photograph, and it was just a question of finding a suitable foreground element to set against the towering clouds.

Our walk along the promenade took us as far as Summerleaze Beach, which is where I spotted this icon of the British seaside, a coin-in-the-slot telescope.

Just the thing to include in this image of the magnificent clouds to anchor the composition and provide a strong focal point.

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Filename - cornwall bude 06

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/320 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky.

Location - Bude, Cornwall, England

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image underexposed slightly to preserve highlights.