Given the amount of sunrise and sunset photography you see on Social Media these days you could easily be fooled into thinking that we get amazing dawn and dusk skies every day here on The Yorkshire Coast.
Truth be known they are a lot less frequent than that. Sometimes you get lucky and you can get several amazing skies day after day, and then other times you can get nothing for weeks on end.
Since the New Year Ive been getting up almost every morning in a bid to capture sunrise. In those 6 weeks I think I have captured three nice sunrises at most.
Last night, as I do every evening, I checked the weather forecast for the following day (Today). Paying particular interest to the cloud situation and timing it looked like there was potential to at least get some sunrise colour this morning.
I tend to look for broken cloud (You need the clouds to create the colour in the sky) with clear patches to the east of our coast. The gaps in the cloud allow the pre dawn sun to shine up over the horizon and light up what cloud is in the sky. A few photographers like to go a step further and research what amount of high level cloud will be in the sky, but Im happy to get my ass out of bed if it looks like there will be some broken cloud about. Ive captured great sunrise and sunset colour in all types of cloud so I never specifically look for the high stratosphere clouds like some other may do.
I woke this morning at about 6am and laced in bed for a while, finally looking out of my east facing living room window about 6.15. I could see the sky was already lighting up over Whitby and the cloud situation looked to have potential for it to develop into a nice sunrise.
I love a coffee first thing on a morning, but my favourite cost cutter doesn’t open until 7 and the local Garage is the same time. Suffering Caffeine withdrawel I set off for Robin Hoods Bay hoping to make some interesting photographs.
As always I started at the top of the bank and grabbed a couple of images over the village. Next stop, as always was my favourite place which is fisher head. I just love how the village houses line up with the cliffs of Ravenscar. Add into that, a nice old fashioned glowing street light and some predawn colour and you have the makings of a really beautiful photograph.
Knowing time was now limited (the sky looses its colour the closer you get to sunrise), I grabbed my camera and headed to the sea wall to see what I could capture there.
Once the sun was up, you have a brief window of orange colour before the sky breaks into normal sunlight and the magic of dawn is gone.
Back up the bank, into the car and homeward bound, calling for a Latte before returning home to edit the mornings work.
Im sure some of the photographs will find their way into the 2021 Robin Hoods Bay Calendar so keep an eye out at this link should you wish to grab one off these stunning Calendars.
Thankyou for looking. Please don’t forget, all these images are available as Prints and Canvases. A selection will also be available as Coasters and some may feature in The 2021 Calendars. Watch this space 🙂