I managed to get away last autumn before another lockdown for a trip up to the Northumberland coast. On my target list was Cocklawburn beach, known for it's interesting geology. I arrived a bit too late for long exposure photography as the light was getting too bright and I didn't have the right filter at hand. So I had to rethink. What would work in this light? The sun was rising fast but there were still some clouds to provide some contrast and interest in the sky.
I found this interesting cross with a life buoy and at the time the wind was blowing fast. I visualised this scene could work in monochrome with the contrasting tones and textures. I took the shot allowing for some movement in the grass to contrast with the smooth sky. But what really struck me was the peaceful but slightly sombre atmosphere of the place. Nobody else about, locked down, with only the life buoy present, like a guardian, watching over us, casting some ray of hope for the future ahead.
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