Adam Perfect

RNLI Cullercoats Lifeboat Station

Fujifilm GFX 50S, 32.0mm, 1/140s, f/11.0, ISO 100

On a short house-hunting trip in February I went for a wander down to the beach in Cullercoats Bay with my son and my mother, and took the Fuji GFX 50S with me. I love photographing in Cullercoats Bay (particularly the harbour wall) and I'm looking forward to spending a bit more dedicated time there once we've moved north. 

I haven't spent much time focusing on the RNLI lifeboat station down in the bay, though it's a lovely building and hard to miss. On this afternoon however, we were sitting by the edge of the beach for a snack and I snapped a few quick photos of my son, mostly just playing with the GFX. I love that you can get 6x17 (like the Fuji TX-1/Hasselblad X-Pan film cameras) panoramic framing in-camera with the GFX and decided to switch that mode (shooting JPEG+RAW, the raw file will still include full sensor readout data) as the sun started to drop and the light warmed up into magic hour.

The red brick of the lifeboat station to our left created some nice shapes, with the shadow of the cliff behind creating a matching diagonal with the stepped roof line of the tower against the main roof and opening you out to the sea. The cinematic slice of vision you get from the 6x17 format is great for images this and, while I hope to take a much better version of this photograph in future, I really like it as it is is. It's a good starting point and a scene logged to return to in future.

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