The Valley of Rocks is a popular tourist spot situated half a mile west of Lynton. It is accessible by road and a scenic footpath ‘The North Walk’ from Lynton.
I have to admit prior to this visit I had not heard of the Valley of Rocks before. It is a place I will definitely be visiting again however. The place is breathtaking...huge cliffs with fantastic rock outcrops with a back drop of bracken covered hills populated by wild ponies. A truly wonderful place.
Balancing exposure was fairly tricky here as the sky at the horizon was a few stops over the cliff exposure. Waiting for the sun to drop and lose its intensity helped but the placement of the Neutral Density Filters was crucial to give a natural result.
I visited the spot with my family and had promised to take a few images before leaving. We were heading back home that evening with a good few hours drive ahead of us with 2 young children to think about. In the end I stayed until after sunset and we got home very late. I think my wife will agree though, to be at this special place to see the dramatic sunset that evening was definitely worth the late trip home.
Nikkor 12-24 f4 DX @ 14mm
0.3 seconds @ f13, ISO 100
Lee Neutral Density Graduated
Valley of the Rocks, nr Lynton, North Cornwall, England