Its almost a couple of years now since I photographed the sailing ship Lord Nelson as it cruised into Whitby Harbour early one morning.
Thankfully I got the chance to photograph it again this morning as it laid at anchor off The Yorkshire Coast at Sandsend. Normally I have my eye on the coast most nights, just in case something interesting happens, but last night I had been walking inland at Sleights so hadn’t seen the boat arrive.
Thankfully a friend on Facebook gave me the heads up on the boat off Whitby. Those who know me well will tell you I really am not a morning person. But if the need arises I don’t mind setting the alarm clock and forcing myself from slumber land at silly o’clock. After only 3 hours sleep I was up at 5, a quick cup of coffee then down to Sandsend.
I had two venues in mind. I was either going to head to the top end of the Valley at Sandsend and Photograph the Valley with the boat near the tunnel. Or I was going to head up onto the cliffs and try catch the boat with a Giant sun behind it.
I opted for the cliffs and tried to guess exactly where the sun would rise. I wasn’t far wrong as the predawn light gave a big clue as to exactly where the sun would come up. I primarily shot a wider angle of the boat, cliffs and sunrise. I felt it important to capture some cliff as without it you never get a real feel of where the photograph was taken from.
After the initial shots I moved about a bit, capturing the boat with a giant sun behind it, then down onto Sandsend beach for some more shots with local foreground (Always important I feel otherwise it could just be a photograph taken anywhere in the world.