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Porthleven Harbour by Bob Culshaw

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A four vertical frame panorama of this harbour in Cornwall, England. Taken whilst on The Great West Country Getaway 2010


Shot in RAW and stitched in Autopano Pro, cropped and processed in CS4.

Original size 28ins x 11ins reduced by 50% for this display.

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17 – 85mm IS USM Lens at 38mm. ISO 100, f22, 1/20sec (compensation -0.5EV)

Porthleven is a town, civil parish and fishing port in Cornwall, United Kingdom, near Helston. It is the most southerly port on the island of Great Britain and was originally developed as a harbour of refuge, when this part of the Cornish coastline was recognised as a black spot for wrecks in days of sail. Nearby Loe Bar was particularly infamous, with swimmers and surfers being warned off the area to this day.

Historically and for local-government purposes, Porthleven was included within the town boundaries of nearby Helston. After years of growth, it now has its own town council. Its population in 2001 recorded by the UK census was 3,190.

Including tourists and surfers would swell that number considerably. Porthleven has exploited its location and exposure to powerful swells to become one of the best-known and highly-regarded surfing spots in Britain. Waves regularly exceeding 2 metres break on the shallow reef that was shaped by blasting the harbour. Due to the prevailing westerly winds it was very easy for a ship under sail to become entrapped within the bay and be cast up on the rocks which made up the small fishing coves of Mullion, Kynance and the Lizard.

Arguably, Porthleven’s most recognisable building is the Bickford-Smith Institute which is next to the pier and harbour entrance. With a tower of about 70 foot in height, it has the appearance of a church but currently is used as a snooker club and houses the town council offices. It featured (along with various other scenes from the town) as the incident room in an episode of the TV detective series Wycliffe.

Porthleven was the home town of the Dambusters’ Commanding Officer, Guy Gibson, and there is a road named in his memory. Former motor racing driver Chris Craft – who competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race for over a decade, including a third-placed finish in 1976, as well as two races in Formula One – was born in Porthleven.

Porthleven is the hometown of the internationally renowned operatic Heldentenor John Treleaven.

(Source: Wikipedia)



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  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...about 4 years ago

    Excellent bright sharp pano Bob.

    Happy Easter to you and Anna.

  • Thanks Richard, Happy Easter to you and Catherine too!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago

    Great piece of work Bob, despite the somewhat gray old day. I have fond memories of sitting in our hired Mondeo exactly where those cars are shown on the left side of this scene. That was October 1997 and a similar kind of day, although it did brighten up later..I could sit and look at this shot for a LONG time!
    Best wishes

  • Thanks Peter – glad it brought back some good memories for you! Bob

    – Bob Culshaw

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Bob and a magical little seaside town too, by the look of it. Well done! Cheers.

  • Thanks Graham, I appreciate that. How are you? Best regards. Bob

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 4 years ago

    wonderful work Bob a great pano. Happy Easter to you and Anna.x

  • Thank you Catherine – hope you and Richard have a great Easter too! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 4 years ago

    Great piece of needlework Bob, looks great in the larger view …

  • Hi Tom, thanks for your comment. It looks much better on a wide screen – have had to reduce it by 50% to give a reasonable loading time on RB. I do try hard not to drop a stitch. lol Best regards and Happy Easter.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Great work Bob, so crisp and clear

  • Thank you Kelvin, I truly appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 4 years ago

    I don’t remember this harbour , perhaps we didn’t go to it .
    A beautiful pano Bob. xx

  • Thanks Irene – it is a lovely spot near Helston on the road to St Michael’s Mount. xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • Thanks Tina.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Lorraine Parramore
    Lorraine Parra...about 4 years ago

    looks great larger Bob, excellent pano, well done.

  • Thanks Lorraine – you really need a wide screen to get the best out of my panos. RB is a bit limiting for them also. Best regards and Happy Easter.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • igotmeacanon
    igotmeacanonabout 4 years ago

    great pano work, shame we cant see it in its full glory and zoom in!

  • Thanks Pete, I know exactly what you mean but I have to work within the limitations of the site.

    – Bob Culshaw

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