What’s Trending in SmugMug Photography: August 2019

I started this last month and the July photography post was quite popular on the blog. It was also popular on my Instagram page and led to a short boost in hits for a while. Why not do it again? This could be fun.

This month, we have a few familiar photos and some that weren’t present on the previous month’s listing. As last month, please click each image to go to the download page.

Number 5… Reed Close Up

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Entering the top 5 for August, from last September this common reed close up was taken at Swanpool Nature Reserve. Blowing gently in the wind on a later summer day, few plants really evoke a sense of later summer calm. I feel it’s an underrated image and was really please when I took it last year. This, I feel, would make an ideal wall canvas for your living space in the spring or summer.

4… French Marigold and Bee

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All the yellow! I’ve gone a bit bee mad this summer but this was (I think) the first bee photo I took and it was in July 2018 at Eden Project before I’d fully grasped the camera. Incredibly pleased with this. I particularly love the striking mix of brown and yellow, not just of the French marigolds, but also of the bumblebee against the flowers. I would definitely have this hanging on my wall 🙂

The remaining three should be familiar, featuring in the top 5 last month.

3… Sunset over the Sea at Perranporth

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This came in as second favourite on my SmugMug last month, and it’s one of my favourite photos ever. I had a real “wow” moment when I opened it in Photoshop and gave it some minor enhancements to make the sky more striking, but not over the top. I suspect this will remain a firm favourite month after month.

2… Beach Huts at Swanpool

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Taken in June this year and a bright sunny day where my polarising filter got its first real test, I was pleased with the results as you can see with the striking Cornish seaside colours of these huts lined up along Swanpool beach. This came in third last month, so it swapped with the sunbeams photo in third place for this month. There is a long waiting list for what is essentially a shed on the beach, and I understand they cost £1,000 per year to hire, but aren’t they pretty?

1st Place And Your Winner is the Rolling Wave

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In fifth place last month, this not only knocked my tulips close-up off the top spot (that image had just 10 hits this month compared to nearly 400 in July), but it leapfrogged all the others that also featured. What a lovely deep blue sea and rolling wave. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was taken on a bright Cornish summer day, but it wasn’t. It was taken on a bright and chilly day in mid-February. It was seasonably mild with a little chill in the air but the sea was this gorgeous deep blue.

What’s Coming in September…

I barely added any new photos in August but that should change in September. I’m soon off to Malta on holiday and expect to bring bag lots of coastal images of boats at sea and of course that stunning Valletta Harbour and around the town of Valletta and the stunning medieval city of Mdina. Armed with three lenses (18-55mm kit lens, 50-300mm telephoto lens and a 10-18mm wide angle lens) and a polarising filter for each, I’m hoping to get some great shots in.

September is traditionally quiet for me with October getting busier as we head towards Christmas. I’m planning to get out for some sunrises or early Golden Hour photos along the Fal River and some of the smaller harbours and quays. Now that the tourist season is winding to a close, it will be far easier to explore the county while still enjoying some good weather.

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I'm Matt, a freelance writer, writing mostly about education, early career recruitment, tech, B2B and professional services. Dabbling with landscape and nature photography too. For this content , please look at my main site linked below. I'm also a self-published author, creator of the quirky crime comedy book series Salmonweird. If that's what you're looking for, then good news! The village has its own website listed below.

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