I’ve been described by some of the other members of the club as a “stunt photographer” as I’m often the one who’ll climb down a bank or clamber up and over rocks to get a shot. This technique often serves me well as I get into positions that most can’t or won’t get to, but sometimes this can lead to trouble.
I was at Gwithian over the weekend with the sunset starting to form over Godrevy Lighthouse so I set off looking for a composition; anyone who knows the location will know that around the cliffs near the lighthouse there are lots of large rock formations making it difficult to transverse.
I reached the edge of one cliff and it was a good 15 feet down… looking to my right I noticed the beach went behind the rocks so I though “I’ll get back that way” and climbed down. After more clambering over slippy and unforgiving rocks I found a nice lead-in line and took my shots, and we were in for an amazing sunset.
Soon the light faded I made my way back, over all the slippery rocks and to the back of the beach I walked around the corner to find the path lead straight into a cave… I was stuck! With the light fading fast I had to find a way up, and after a few minutes I managed to locate a way up and climbed up the 15ft rock-face back to civilization… so the moral is, look before you leap!