• Daniel Wretham

Landscape Photography Blog, January 2020

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

At the end of 2019 I decided to make a New Years resolution to try and go at least one day every weekend no matter what the weather was doing in order to maximise my chances of shots as in 2019 I had turned into a bit of a light snob, I only wanted to go when it was looking like it would be perfect conditions.

This meant I had missed out on some good shots due to essentially being a bit lazy which was putting me into a bad place in my own headspace, This year I wouldn't make the same mistake.

So this is a blow by blow account of the highs and lows and will hopefully resonate with you all so you can see its not all roses out there !


Saturday 4th January

I decided on a trip to Osmington Mills in Dorset as it gave me several back up opportunities if the weather didn't play ball.

I had three different forecasts on three different weather apps, one good, one bad & one indifferent. The most trusted weather app was saying it would be grey all day but I went anyway and sadly it was right, flat grey and nothing exciting, I took a few shots but nothing worth keeping but most importantly I had started my resolution and had been out for sunrise.

No more light was following so I came home, Weather 1, Landscape photographer 0.

Weather was not looking good at all but I decided I would still go out for Sunset to Worbarrow bay in Dorset and as I was driving down a little bit of light came out and enthusiasm suddenly got a lot better, until of course I got into the car park and it disappeared and I spent the next two hours waiting for anything to happen which it didn't, right before sunset it started to clear and some nice colour formed and I finished up getting an ok shot, nothing special but it made the trip worthwhile so I was pleased I went out and it proved a point to myself.

With these conditions usually I would have stayed in but having gone out id scored a bonus shot.

Worbarrow Bay Sunset
Sunset at Worbarrow Bay
Pondfield Cove
Sunset at Pondfield Cove

Sunday 12th of January

Saturday had been pouring most of the day and looked miserable but there was some hope on the horizon as Sunday looked reasonable with the exception of high winds.

Sunday morning came round and I took a look outside at around 5.30 and it didn't look great to be honest so I decided to sack off sunrise and wait for my preferred location which you couldn't gain entry too until 9 am anyway, big mistake !

Sunrise had looked ropey right up until the moment itself and then beautiful light came out all but briefly and I kicked myself for not going sooner but grabbed the camera bag and headed out to Worbarrow bay again to try and nail a shot I had been after for quite some time.

When I got to the car park the wind was evident, but not too bad and I walked the mile or so to the bay itself, the wind there was horrific and although there was some great morning light it was almost unshootable as it was so strong.

Worbarrow Bay, Dorset
Light at Worbarrow Bay

The original plan had been to shoot from high up on the cliffs but this had to be shelved and I ventured down to the coastline which was a su