I am currently sorting through the pictures taken from a weekend phototrip to West Cornwall.  While  I got lucky with the weather, at no time being held back by rain,  I did not get any great sunsets or really get up early enough for sunrises. It does seem kind of unlucky as the sunsets on the night we left home, and on the drive back were great.

The first site we visited was Carn Brea, which is a hill overlooking the town of Redruth.  On top of the hill are a number of intresting rock formations, a monument and a small castle, which appears to operate as a restaurant in the evenings.

While the view off the hill offers views out into St Ives Bay, it was cloudy when we visited and so pretty dull for big scale landscapes.  The castle however lent itself to a contrasty black and white photo.  The picture shown here is looking East to the castle.

I took this in colour, converted to Black and White in Lightroom making minor adjustments to the Greyscale mix.  In Photoshop I then made three curves adjustment layers, using masks to increas the contrast of the castle, darken and increased the contrast of the sky to add drama, and then brightened the rocks to help lad the eye into the frame towards the castle.

I think I’ll try andvisit the area again; it is only a couple of minutes drive from Redruth so will be handy for a future visit.  It will be interesting to take another look at the views towards St Ives to the North West, perhaps for a Summer Sunset, or a Sunrise behind the castle from  similar viewpoint to this shot.

Also in the area, at the bottom of the hill to the North are a selection of ruined buildings, perhaps from an old mining complex.  I have made a note to take a look, the old buildings would be ideal for exploring on an overcast day. 

 Carn Brea Castle, Redruth, Cornwall


Carn Brea, Redruth, OS GR 685487, Explorer 104