Posts Tagged ‘St Ives’

Beautiful fine art landscape photography....everyday

Since June 2005 we have been going out every single day at sunrise in all weather conditions to take beautiful fine art landscape photographs. I have stood in the middle of a beach in the pouring rain and still managed to find something beautiful to photograph.

Even when it's raining there is beauty to be found.

At mid summer I have to be at my chosen location by 3.30am to make sure I capture the pre dawn. There is something quite magical when you realise that you are one of the very few people crazy enough to be awake at that time and to witness mother nature at it’s most impressive.

Mother nature at it's best

There is something very spiritual in waiting for the sun to rise and for capturing the process as a photograph knowing that this is the start of someones first day on earth or the first day of the rest of their lives.

A wonderful reminder of a special day

A short film about us

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Location Location Location

Being based on the south west coast of England, we get treated to all the weird and wonderful types of weather that makes this country famous.  This makes each morning different from the last and it keeps us here at The Day That on our toes, and we have to be ready for whatever the weather may throw at us.

We as The Day That photographers have many different indicators that can tell us which is the best location to head to before dawn, and what locations can give us the results we need to provide images that you would want hanging above a fire place or in a child’s bedroom, bought as a christening gift.

The perfect Christening gift for the nursery

As we go out every morning our knowledge of what the weather is doing is just as good as any news report. Conversations in the office will often be about what spots are currently working, if the tide is coming in or out, and what the wind direction is.

The Perfect Shot

The Perfect Photograph

However when we get up in the morning, and the sky is dark, we still cannot be certain what location we are going to end up at.

I live in Hayle, which is about a 15 minute drive from St. Ives, a town that has many small beaches that offer different things and is a place we go to a lot. On my drive over to St.Ives I keep an eye on the sky, judge the cloud movement and get a feel for the weather, and this is when I make a decision on what location to travel to.

If the sky is clear, we head to a location that points toward the sun so we can see it appear over the horizon. Simple. However being in England, the weather does not always allow that, and we have to head off to other locations to capture something that creates a great image and will tell a story of what that morning was like.

Beaches such as Porthgwidden or the back of The Island has some great rock formations, with a long exposure and a bit of a swell, we are able to capture some great movement around the rocks.

The back of the Island, St Ives

Carbis Bay, although close by, can offer something entirely different. The beach is tucked in and almost hidden away from the shoreline. The water sweeps around the corner from St Ives and is pushed forwards, giving us perfectly shaped slow moving waves for us to capture.

Time of year also plays a huge factor, anyone who has lived in the same place for a long period of time will know just how much the Earth’s tilt affects where the sun actually rises, given which of the four seasons we are in. A clear dawn in the summer will be completely different to a clear dawn in the winter, and we have to change our approach accordingly.

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Mary Mary Jewellery

We have many kinds of wonderful offices around us here at The Day That, and the closest to us is Mary Mary, a fantastic business that specialises in making colourful and quirky jewellery from a variety of materials, including gemstones, pearls. Bohemian crystals, polymer clay and precious metals. The founder of Mary Mary, (surprisingly called Mary) sells nationwide, travelling to prestigious craft shows, up market galleries, London’s Covent Garden Market, and of course on her website.  Like us, Mary’s top priority is customer satisfaction and she’s built up a solid foundation of loyal customers and collectors of her work. She has designed and made unique individual pieces, that are not listed on her website, by request from her customers. Mary has been selling her work for over twenty-three years and always finds new inspiration for her jewels, and she likes nothing more than hearing from a satisfied customer!

Lovely design by Mary Mary

With Christmas and New Year now gone by, Mary Mary has its attention turned to Valentines Day. With great gifts on offer such as the Affirmation Hearts with “I love” engraved on the reverse, you can be sure to score some serious brownie points with your loved one. And to help our loyal customers make the occasion even more special, Mary Mary is offering any of our customers that spend over £30.00 with them a free pair of Heart Earrings, RRP from £8. And to let you know just how good this offer is, Vogue customers have to spend over £50.00! To take advantage of this offer, simply order from Mary’s website and quote ‘special offer’ in the comments section. Alternatively, you can order from Mary Mary by phoning 07875 052898, or visiting her at her studio. When she isn’t in her studio she can be found in the breath taking Cornish landscape, galloping about on her horse on one of the many local beaches.

Mary enjoying the great Cornish beaches with her horse.

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" St Ives"

A beautiful photograph of St Ives Cornwall

In the recent Coast Magazine awards, St Ives won 2 out of the 10 awards going.

St Ives itself won Best Family Holiday Destination voted for by the readers. We’re not surprised that St Ives is a hit with readers,’ says deputy editor and Coast Awards organiser Alex Reece. ‘For a small town, it offers such variety – from bucket-and-spade beaches to high culture.’

What he also could have mentioned was the astonishing light that St Ives and the surrounding beaches offer.

One beach that we go to take our stunning personalised newborn pictures is The Porthminster Café beach which also won an award for best Coastal Café. I have eaten here regularly and the food is fantastic with amazing views. I have photographed in front of the café on many occasions, it’s a great spot. Here are a few examples…. See what I mean

Little Boat St Ives

Little Boat St Ives

View From St Ives

View From St Ives

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Godrevy Head, Godrevy Island and Godrevy lighthouse have a special place in our hearts here at The Day That as they feature in more of our photographs than any other area. Situated on the eastern side of St Ives Bay, they offer a strong contrast to the, often soft, colours of sea and sky in our dawn pictures.

This enigmatic area has drawn human interest for hundreds if not thousands of years, from several prehistoric archeological finds, through mining interests spanning several hundred years to the dangers of the rocks to shipping and the building of the Godrevy lighthouse. Now protected by the ownership of the National Trust, it has also become a Site of Special Scientific Interest with some of the best examples of coastal heathland in the UK.

I, like many artists and photographers, am drawn to the lighthouse. This iconic structure with its life-saving light has added mystery by being so close but almost untenable due to the dangerous stretch of water that separates it from the mainland. I was very pleased to learn of an exhibition being staged by the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth centred around Godrevy lighthouse with several works on display featuring the light over many years.

‘This captivating new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall features artwork inspired by the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse.

Charles Thomas and Jessica Mann began collecting these works over 50 years ago, when they met and fell in love on an archaeological dig at Godrevy.  Since that time, the couple have collected various works of art, poetry and objects depicting the lighthouse, including pieces by artists such as Bryan Pearce, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Kurt Jackson.

Godrevy Lighthouse has seen considerable changes along the north coast and the exhibition includes artwork showing 1780s St Ives, buzzing with marine activity, right up to a 2003 Kurt Jackson piece depicting the calms of the St Ives coast.


Jessica Mann says: “Godrevy Lighthouse has become an icon; it is one of the images that represents Cornwall. This exhibition will give people an insight into the magic of the lighthouse, which Charles has known all his life and I first saw over 50 years ago.” ’

The exhibition runs until 29th August. There is also a general lighthouse exhibition at the museum that runs until the end of the year.

Image and exhibition description © NMMC 2010 – www.nmmc.co.uk

Sunrise at Godrevy a The Day That photograph

One of my favourite The Day That shots featuring Godrevy Island is this one from very early in our archive that surfaced recently with the help of a young lady called Evie to mark her first day. It’s from July 2005 and was taken by Gavan. It helped pave the way for the wonderful style that has developed as we create our unique christening gifts, special wedding gifts and beautiful anniversary presents.

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A fox in St Ives, cornwall

Gary gets a closeup look at a Fox in St Ives

We get to see some great things along with the fabulous dawns and sunrises that we’ve intentionally set out to capture.

Saturday 12th June found me in the Island car park at St Ives at 4am. I was minding my own business getting my camera onto its tripod when I caught a glimpse of something moving amongst the cars. A fox popped out and stood looking at me for several seconds. Luckily I had my point and shoot camera in my pocket and pulled it out as quietly as I could, hoping to catch a quick shot before it disappeared. However, instead of running off, the fox decided to trot towards me! It came right up to me and had a quick look in the boot of my car before deciding I had no food and wandered off to the bins behind the café. Amazing!

Two things I learnt from this, remember to take pictures instead of just gawping as the fox looks in your boot, and keep fresh batteries in your camera, as it was all it could manage to take these two shots before dying.

And this was the dawn I enjoyed afterward Possibly the best I have experienced so far and, I hope, a wonderful momento for celebrating a wedding, birth or other unique occasion from this great day.

Sunrise on the 12th June 2010

Sunrise on the 12th June 2010

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