Normally a visit to Tyrella beach requires a hat, gloves and a North Face coat. Today was different. The normal three or four people and two horses on the beach (See New Rays from a Distant Sun and Coney Island) had been replaced with three or four hundred Northern Ireland sun seekers. It was packed and for the first time in memory the water was actually warm.
We don’t know how to handle hot weather in Northern Ireland. We expose pale white skin to the burning rays, we riot (BBC), we light BBQs in dry grass dunes but what we do right, is make the very most of the weather.
I took my Fujifilm X100 along but had the X=Pro1 on standby as I suspicious that my X100 battery is playing up (Something I know the brilliant Fuji customer service will take care of). I really didn’t want either camera to meet the sand so both cameras were used in a very controlled manner including a special cloth to make sure they were not touched by sun creamed hands.
As well as the array of traditional family shots I wanted to capture a sense of the location.I have visited this beach dozens of times on visits to St John’s Point (See the header image on “How to run a WordPress blog“) Despite there being hundreds of people on the beach I still wanted to capture a sense of the vastness.
Light planes surveyed the County Down cost meters from the people below. Summer, for today anyway had arrived.
Bizarrely despite enjoying a great day on the beach I think the area is best visited in late winter on days when no one else is likely to go. It is on these quiet days you get to see the area at its very best, one of my most popular X-Pro1 photos of horses on Tryella was captured on just such a visit.
What the X-Pro1 and X100 do best is capture the essence of a location. There is a clarity and quality to the images that captures more than just the view. I am sure as you look at the title image (I have posted it again below) that you can hear the water.
The area between Coney Island and Tyrella is probably one of my favourite photography locations but if you want to see it at its best pick a cold day. See The Shore.