Well given the glorious weather we have been having recently (and a few trips up to Dartmoor in the evenings I haven’t blogged) I had to go and grab another sunrise. I haven’t made the effort recently to go to the coast so I decided to go to Ness Beach at Shaldon as its close but also a nice spot. Checking the tide and sunrise times it looked good as the tide should be out but making its way back in. Ness beach is a shallow beach so when the tide comes in it’s pretty fast. The weather was looking clear for the morning and the plan was made.
I put my alarm on for 4am but restless sleep, thinking of an exciting morning, made me get up at 3.30am (I thought I must be mad!). It only took me 20 mins to drive there as no one was around LOL. I got there and parked (free till 9am 😉 ). Walked down the Smuggler Tunnel out onto the beach. Stunning, the moon was a half segment and the stars were twinkling. No hint at the sunlight at 3.30am but took some shots of the moon shining on the sea and rocks with a long exposure to get some movement in the water. I love the rocks and boulders on the beach as they are like giant pebbles but have such varied colours and textures.
I got ready for the sunrise, looking at my phone for the time and the red hue on the high cirrostratus clouds gave it away. The sun rising was wonderful, bright orange and the thin cloud just veiled it enough, with the used of a hard 3 stop grad to compose some nice photos without the sun burning out the highlights.
All in all a lovely early morning shoot and I came away with the captures below which were quite varied and I was quite pleased with.