Im sure I’ve mentioned many times before, Im not really one for early morning photography. Ive always been a bit of a night owl, so getting up for sunrise has proven difficult for me over the years.
With sunrise time getting around to a more reasonable hour of 6.45am I decided to have a go at getting my lazy ass out of bed recently. As always, I checked the weather forecast and the potential looked good. I always believe you need cloud with clear patches to make for a great sunrise. Without the cloud there is little to capture the colour in the sky.
I was up at 5.30, a quick coffee then out. I didn’t venture far, going just around the corner to The Whale Bones.
I could see by the cloud it was going to be quite a nice one. A gap on the horizon for the sun to rise into, with cloud above to light up and hold colour.
On arrival I fired off a couple of test shots to get a feel for light levels and exposure times, then I waited.
It was 6.30am before the real magic began, Gradually the sky lit with an array of colours, Pinks, purples, yellows and oranges. My task now, to get the shots I wanted into the short time span before the sun hits the horizon when the colours would start to disappear and normal daylight set in.
For the next 15 minutes I dashed around like a man possessed, with an aim of getting as much out of the shoot as possible. Again, those who know me, will tell you that once I start, and my mind is focussed I work fast and cover many angles. I know that may sound like very bad practice to a lot of the pros who take 2 hours over each shot, but its just how I am, and thats how I work.
Once the sun was up, I headed to Sandsend for an hour, an east facing village just like so many on our immediate coastline, and always at their best in the early morning sun.