Priest’s Cove is a small cove just west of St just and north of Land’s End and is overlooked by Cape Cornwall on the North side. Approximately 1 mile out to sea you can make out the distinctive shape of a pair of small islands called ‘The Brisons’, to which an annual swim is held.
For this shot I had to make a precarious journey over wet boulders [left moist by an outgoing tide] to reach this particular spot, which is not easy when carrying a tripod and wearing a large photographic rucksack. Safe to say I made it without incident, so I set up and waited for the conditions to happen and went through my normal pre-shot routine of composing, metering and filtering.
Technically I had actually recce’d this spot whilst on holiday two years earlier but the light was less dramatic, so I had always vowed to return to shoot this scene. The large rock with the hole through it is what had initially caught my attention back then and still captivates me when I look at this in print now.
This shot was taken about 45 minutes before the sun finally set beyond the very tip of Cape Cornwall.