A Cornish Adventure Part 1: St Ives

St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 25mm f11.0 1/500s Looking down on St Ives

The blog has been quiet for a little while; a big family holiday to Cornwall followed by a busy work schedule has meant my photography has suffered. April was a month off from my challenges and I’ve decided to make May into a four part series based on the holiday. The first destination on our trip was the idyllic town of St Ives.


To satisfy the criteria of my challenges almost all of the images in the next four posts were taken with both the Fujifilm XC 16-50mm lens and a CPL (circular polarizing filter).

St Ive's
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 50mm f8.0 1/160s St Ives Town

St Ives is a stunning harbour town on the west coast of Cornwall. It was a bright sunny spring day when we visited and you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Mediterranean with the mix of clear blue ocean, sandy beaches and distinctive architecture.

St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 16mm f8.0 1/250s St Ives Beach Front

It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday, particularly with such a large beach, the only major activity being from the sailing club readying their variety of boats. Tractors are my son’s favourite thing in life, so you can imagine his joy at seeing one on the sand!

Tractor on St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 24mm f6.4 1/220s Tractor!
St Ive's Boats
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 50mm f8.0 1/280s Sailing between layers
St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 18mm f9.0 1/110s Waves in the Sand

Despite the deep blue sky there was still plenty of chill to the wind and water, reminding us how far away the Med really is.

Lighthouse on St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 29mm f8.0 1/160s Lighthouse blues
St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 35mm f11.0 1/100s St Ives

The strong northerly wind was enough to cancel the boat trips to nearby Seal Island, much to the kid’s disappointment. They were soon distracted by all of the sand however.

St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 50mm f11.0 1/100s Fun in the sand
St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 37mm f11.0 1/500s Racing up the quay

Lunch was our first taste of the local Cornish speciality Homity Pie, and we finished the day off with some real Cornish Ice Cream whilst enjoying the views of the Harbour.

St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 27mm f11.0 1/500s St Ives

All of these images used the Classic Chrome film simulation, either from the X-E2 directly or the excellent RawTherapee profile found here, with some small tweaks using Nik Veveza.

St Ive's Beach
FUJIFILM X-E2 XC 23mm f8.0 1/500s Real cornish ice cream

St Ives set the bar high for the rest of the holiday. Fortunately as we discovered, Cornwall has lots more to offer.

Other parts in the Cornwall Series:

St Ive's Beach

A Cornish Adventure Part 1: St Ives

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Portreath and Pepperpot fisheye

A Cornish Adventure Part 2: Portreath

Next up in my Cornwall series, the lovely little seaside town we stayed in; Portreath. North of St Ives and near ...
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Caught in the Sights

A Cornish Adventure Part 3: Pendennis Castle

On the most easterly tip of Falmouth sits Pendennis Castle, a fort built by King Henry VIII which saw use ...
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Lizard Cove Long Exposure

A Cornish Adventure Part 4: The Lizard

The final day of our Cornwall trip saw us visit the most southerly point of mainland Great Britain; Lizard Point ...
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