Storm watching in West Cornwallby Mark Dobson
Stormy oceans can be simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. They are a true force of nature that excites and humbles us. Cornwall is perfectly located for a mixture of weather with the Atlantic Ocean on our doorstep. The many different moods of the ocean, from the calm and serene, to the dramatic and powerful, make the Cornish coast a true inspiration.
As summer draws to an end, low-pressure systems generate swells in the Atlantic Ocean and they build and progress towards the UK and Ireland with West Cornwall bearing the brunt of these storms.
As an avid storm photographer, I spend the winter months scouring wave and weather charts looking for the opportunity when a ‘perfect storm’ is about to materialise. I regularly check for swell direction and work out where the best locations are likely to be for spending the day’s shooting. And living in West Cornwall is a big advantage as it’s only a short drive to the north or south coast.
Great places for storm photography in West Cornwall
The ocean is extremely unpredictable and needs to be respected. Always watch or photograph from an area that you deem safe, and then move back 10 metres. Rogue waves, sometimes called ‘Sneaker Waves’, happen on every tide. Safety always needs to be the number one priority.
Mark Dobson is an award-winning seascape photographer. To see more of his work, visit Wild SeaScapes.
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