Saltwick Bay

Saltwick Bay is situated just slightly down the coast from Whitby Abbey. I first stumbled across the Bay while walking to Robin Hoods Bay and found that on low tide there were remains of a ship caught in a large rock pool.

Saltwick Bay

Saltwick Bay

I re-visited it just after that with my camera and explored the area a bit more, this is back in the days when I had just discovered HDR, the original Saltwick shot can be seen on my flickr page .

I've recently re-visited the Bay with my friend Stu Foster, we set off from Leeds at 5.20am and arriving before the sunrise although the was no visible sunrise as it was really cloudy. We spent a couple of hours shooting before the tide came in and got a good selection of photos.

These Saltwick Bay shots are post processed in a totally new way now. What I'm doing now is taking a series of five bracketed shots ( with 1 exposure difference) and then in Photoshop I'm manually blending (using masks) the parts of the images I want to add detail and colour depth. I'm also using the Nik Collection to add slight contrast and more detail to the skies.

Saltwick Bay Rock

Saltwick Bay Rock

If you are planning to visit the bay to access the ship wreck make sure you check the tide times and depending on the time of day and year possibly check where the lights going to be using the ephemeris and also take care as lots of the stone is super slippy.