If a place is worth visiting, it’s worth visiting at least twice. There is a school of thought that says you can never go back. I think that they are building on the classic Daphne du Maurier quote and while that may be often true in life, it definitely isn‘t the case photographically.
A one-off visit anywhere will produce one set of results and a return visit will produce a different set of results, at least here in the UK, because one thing you can almost guarantee is that weather conditions will be different. Even for a same time, same place scenario. And if you are visiting a coastal location you can add a tidal element to that mix as well. This is one of the main factors that make landscape photography such fun.
I tend to visit coastal areas when my local moors are in a transitional phase, you know, neither here nor there, as generally, whatever the weather, there is always something of interest to be found. The photographs illustrating this post were taken at daybreak but on different visits to Runswick Bay on the north east coast of England.
They illustrate my point and hopefully you will understand that if you confronted me with ‘You can never go back.’ then I’d probably reply with ‘On the contrary, you must go back’.
I find that on a first visit anywhere I tend to take the obvious. It is on subsequent visits that I look harder and begin to get under a place’s skin and (dare I say it) take more interesting photographs. Which is why, even though I’ve been to Runswick Bay a number of times already, I expect to return again and again during the months and years to come.