Wheal Coates – A tin mine beside the sea

Image of Wheal Coates

Wheal Coates (‘Wheal’ is Cornish for ‘mine’) is a former tin mine situated on the north coast of Cornwall, England and is possibly the most picturesque location for a tin mine in Cornwall, with the exception of the Crowns mines at Botallack. The mines are situated on the cliff tops between Porthtowan and St Agnes and is preserved and maintained by the National Trust. The mine was used for centuries but the surviving buildings date from the 1870s.

Closeup of Wheal Coates

The images have been captured with the Canon 5D Mark II and 24-105mm f/4 zoom lens mounted on a Gitzo tripod. After the trip to Cornwall we (Maria and I) decided we should get some spikes for the tripod legs to make the tripod more stable in wind – which was a problem a number of times. We got the ones from Gitzo and they work like a charm an actually make the tripod more stable and help get a good grip on lose grass and moorland.

Seascape with Wheal Coates

Hope you enjoy the images

Martin Bay

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