A Very Long Shortest Night.

It was edging towards 3am when we left the Unimog that had just transported us back from Spurn Head and a warm bed at the Crown & Anchor in Easington was beckoning. The original plan had been to shoot the sunset and the sunrise on the summer solstice, but heavy storm clouds had meant a very dark night and shooting anything had been a challenge.

The clouds had parted briefly allowing me to shoot an image of the lighthouse with a starry sky behind it, but now it was decision time. I’d spotted some groins with the waves crashing over them as we travelled back and the light in the sky was just starting to strengthen, walking back to capture them was starting to look very tempting. The Sun was due to rise at 4.30, so conditions from 3.30 onwards were likely to be interesting and I was here to try and capture something out of the ordinary, so sleep would just have to wait. After fifteen minutes’ stiff walk along the soft sand, I could see the groins looming out of the gloom. I wasn’t going to see the sun rise for the heavy cloud, but suddenly I was in groin heaven as the gloom was going to produce some lovely pared down images! This was much more to my taste than a blazing sunrise! I spent a happy 30 minutes or so shooting the waves crashing over the groins until the tide got so high it almost covered them, then headed back up the sandbar happier with my night’s work.

It just goes to prove the old adage, “If you don’t go, you won’t get”. So, I was able to retire back to my room in the Crown & Anchor to get a few hours’ sleep then a great full English breakfast, feeling very happy with my night’s work and ready for the two-hour drive home.

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