Do you love the coast in winter like I do? It’s a completely different experience, both exhilarating and rejuvenating.

A spontaneous decision last weekend took me and my Lensbaby for a day trip to Whitby on the Yorkshire coast. Images of fishing boats and harbours make me reminisce about my childhood and watching my father paint in these places that are a magnet for artists and photographers alike. It was the perfect opportunity to capture some images for my first Lensbaby Blog Circle post whilst allowing me to experiment with shooting landscapes with the Velvet 85.

As a relatively new Lensbaby user, I am slowly getting used to the manual focus. It is definitely forcing me to slow down and making me more thoughtful before pressing the shutter! I love the fact that the Velvet 85 produces beautiful straight-out-of-camera photos with dreamy blurry edges.

My images show how the light changed as the sunny, wintry day progressed.


The peace and tranquility of a refreshing morning walk on Sandsend beach….

Pairs of groynes spotted marching towards the sea…..

A much-needed coffee stop at Tides café……

Over to the lighthouses standing guard over wintry Whitby harbour……..

The low winter sun beautifully spotlighting the trawlers…..

199 steps up to the abbey but the views make it very worthwhile…..

The light changed on the descent – I love the wintry greys and blues and the ever-present seagull photo-bombers!

What better way to finish a perfect day by the seaside? Fish and chips for tea, of course!

Take a look at lots of lovely Lensbaby images on the new Lensbaby Blog Circle! Click below to follow.

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