Fire & Water – Robin Hood’s Bay 1st August 2010

The moment we set foot on the beach we went wow and we just knew we were in for something special! After weeks of overcast skies, the weather forecast predicted a break in the clouds around dawn, so we set the alarm for an un-godly 3.20 am and set off to Robin Hood’s Bay. The twilight silhouettes looked great, but as the light strengthened,  the sky seemed to be on fire. Once the sun was above the horizon the warm light on the town gave a lovely glow to the stonework and fantastic reflections in the calm water, making the early start all worthwhile.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people are up and about at these early hours, in fact it’s quite surreal to think that people are still enjoying Saturday night when we’re starting Sunday morning. Another bonus of being up at these crazy hours is that we saw 5 deer, a barn owl and tawny owl on the way over the moors, but I don’t have the patience to be a wildlife photographer.

Once set up on the beach we were even joined by an interested onlooker at 4.45am! The sky looked great, but capturing it proved technically very difficult with such a bright area in the centre of the scene. Fortunately Janet had just invested in a reverse ND grad which proved to be just the job on the day.

After such a great sunrise, the sky clouded over altogether by 6am so we left the beach to the dog walkers and headed home for a couple of hours well earned sleep knowing we had some shots in the bag.

This entry was posted in Robin Hood's Bay, Sunrise.


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