I have been photographing the coastline of Northumberland for a number of years now and it never, ever fails to impress and excite me. Having been born and raised in one of the UK’s most famous seaside towns, Blackpool, I am no stranger to the joys of coastal photography but Northumberland has some of the finest, most exhilarating and inspiring seascape scenery anywhere in the UK. I run several two and three day workshops here annually using Bamburgh as my base and yesterday my fellow workshop co-leader and recent award winner (Take-a-View Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 Your View category winner) Tony Higginson and I took our first workshop clients out to the magical location that is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne which provides endless opportunities to capture some amazing photography including the iconic and stunning looking 16th century Lindisfarne Castle which is perched high up on volcanic rock.
We spent a few hours on the island shooting the bay, the upturned boat huts, concrete slipway, floating fishing boats, the huge pair of obelisks across the bay and of course the castle itself. But it was the scene above that stopped me in my tracks. The location is the causeway as Holy Island is a tidal island which is cut off from mainland UK twice a day from the incoming tide. There is a lengthy road that takes you over the sandy estuary that is the Holy Island Sands and I was some distance out at one of the elevated wooden shelters with Rob (one of the attending client’s) by the wooden pilgrim posts when I turned around to look at my car and Tony with Eula and Tony in the distance and the vastness that opened up before me took my breath away. The huge skies dwarfed them and my Ford Galaxy to the extent that I felt compelled to capture it on camera. The reflections in the water from the huge clouds that had been rolling in all day looked mighty impressive and the colours subtle but beautiful nonetheless. Here’s just a couple of images from our time in Northumberland this week. Here’s to another five days of amazing seascape photography.
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