Last year, I spend a couple of weeks in Northern Brittany (France). One of my goals was to photography some seascapes in rough weather. I was even hoping for a storm at sea. But during the two weeks I was there, I had nothing but sun, blue skies and almost no wind. Impossible to make a descent photo with this kind of weather.
The only possibility to make some photos, was going out late in the evening. This way, I could use the dark sky to add drama to the pictures. One night, I went to the Sillon de Talbert, a natural, 3 km long thin tongue of sand, pebbles and shingles. It is located at the tip of a peninsula North of the village of Paimpol, on the Côtes d’Armor.
The Sillon is possibly as much as 100 000 years old. It results from two converging tidal currents and from some strong North-westerly swells. Its shape is constantly changing in response to the waves, swells and currents as documented by ancient maps.
The Sillon de Talbert is an important reserve of flora and fauna. At low tide, it is possible to walk the length of the peninsula. At the end, there is an archipelago of islands and rocks called ‘Archipel d’Ollone’, which is also known as Les Îles de Talbert.
At very high tides, some sections of the Sillon may be overtopped by waves. The Sillon was damaged by locals mining stones for construction, until 1928. The system remains fragile, and is now a conservation zone.
This photo was made on the last day of my vacation, and one day before spring tide. An earlier attempt on the night before had failed because of some people walking the Sillon in the dark while using flashlights. Their light beams, shining in all directions, ruined all of my 30 seconds exposures. At the time they passed by me, it was too dark to continue photographing.
The next day, I arrived around sunset. Once all tourists were gone, I made this photo.