4 locations for landscape photography on the North Norfolk coast
I spent a day with Chris Herring in North Norfolk, learning about landscape photography. He runs several photography courses in Norfolk and Suffolk for small groups of people. For more information, have a look at his website: www.TheUklandscape.com or his Facebook page: Chris Herring Photography
Location 1: Holkham Beach
Park in the pay and display car park on Lady Anns Drive (£2.00 for 1 hour, £6.50 all day), which is opposite the Victoria Hotel (NR231RG) and walk on the raised path to the beach. There are three possible places for taking photographs here – on the beach, on the sand dunes and in the wooded area. At this location I experimented with composition, including setting up a cover photograph for a travel magazine and repeating shots with differing cloud cover and sunshine.
Location 2: Brancaster Staithes
Park in the Quay pay and display car park on Harbour Way (PE31 8BW), and walk towards the harbour. There is a toilet next to the car park.
There are many opportunities to work on composition, with boats of different types and stages of repair; the wider angle for the marsh and harbour and close up detailed shots around the lobster pots and old buildings.
Location 3: Thornham
Park at the end of Staithes Lane towards the Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve. The car park is free but can be flooded at high water. It was once the site of a large grain store and is on slightly higher ground. In front of the car park are strange trunks, which are best seen at low tide. While taking photographs of them, I used filters to adjust the contrast between the sky and land and explored the composition.
Walking back down Staithes Lane away from the car park, Thornham harbour and the old Coal Barn provide further interesting subjects. The harbour is a collection of landing stages in the deeper creeks on the marsh. The Coal Barn was used by smugglers in the 18th century off loading their haul and has been used as a subject by many artists. Looking over the harbour and marches, the dark stormy sky created atmosphere and contrast for my photographs.
Location 4: Old Hunstanton
Park in the pay and display Cliff car park which is reached from Lighthouse Close (PE36 6EL). The car park is near the disused lighthouse, ruins of St Edmunds church and the pitch and putt course. Park as near to the end as possible (£1.80 for 1 hour, £5.00 all day) and walk down the path towards the beach.
Once on the beach head towards the sea where at low tide, the cockle beds can be seen marked by posts in the water.
Walking further along the beach, head towards the striped cliffs and wait for the sunset on the west facing beach. The cliffs are striped red, white and a grey/green colour. The white and red chalk sections contain fossils and you may be lucky and find some at the foot of the cliffs. The beach has many boulders, which were interesting to shoot, while waiting for the elusive sunset. The nearest I came to capturing a sunset, was seeing a ray of pink through the clouds. Hopefully there will be one next time.