Photographer's Note

About 10 miles south of Runswick Bay of my previous mini-series (and past Whitby), down the northeast coast, lies another picturesque seaside village with houses built into the cliffs. This one is called Robin Hood’s Bay, although there is no evidence of any connection to the Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. At low tide it is a good source for fossil hunters.
There is evidence of settlement there as early as Saxon times, followed by Norsemen (Vikings). The first recorded reference to it is not until1536 when it is mentioned by Henry VIII’s topographer, and in 1540 it had 50 cottages, which for the time, was a big settlement. In the 16th century evidence suggests it was more important than Whitby, which is not mentioned in that record. In the 18th century it was the busiest smuggling community in the area, and hiding places and secret passageways abound. Apparently the whole village was complicit in this activity as bounty was passed from house to house to evade the excise men.
The North Sea is an ever-present danger and in 1780 22 houses fell into the sea. Today there is a huge sea wall you will see in a future post.
When you arrive at the village there is a car park at the top of the cliffs along with many houses, guesthouses etc. Visitors are not allowed to take cars down into the village below, as the streets are far too narrow.
Before walking down into the village I was attracted by the sunlight on the water. To include that and the houses in the frame presented a problem as the houses are too dark. I used a poloriser; I did consider a graduated filter but decided the graduation would be in the wrong place to help. I attempted to lighten in PSP. This is the result. What do you think?

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