September is always a busy month: Autumn term and kids getting back to school, buying new pencil cases even though my kids left school years & years ago,  seasons changing and making last (or first) attempts to get any outdoor work done before the cold winter nights start again.

As always there is a silver lining or golden one in this case.

The changing seasons presents us with a world of vibrant colour and beautifully timed golden hours.  The hour before the sun actually rises or sets very roughly 6am for sunrise & 6pm for sunset.

Photographing Robin Hood's Bay at sunrise was one of the best things I've done for ages. Watching the early morning light show - dramatic, beautiful, dangerous - was amazing. 

Firstly getting up on time, despite having a very teeny tiny headache from the pub quiz the night before, and getting to the location.  Walking on sunshine (well it was actually seaweed) glittering in all directions with each step.  I was very excited I didn't break my neck or camera - it was touch & go a lot of the time. Observing the seriously sensible other photographer who had dressed appropriately and was neutral density filter & tripod ready.  Shouting, a bit like a fish wife (it was a fishing village so totally necessary) to the one other photographer who wouldn't move from the bit I wanted to photograph.  Hearing the gentle thunder of hooves galloping along the beach towards me. Gazing upwards to the most  annoying drone above my head and missing a really good Black Beauty style motion shot.  Seeing the 2 old men and their dogs, sitting on some rocks,  in hysterics watching the unsynchronised flight of the photographers.  Sunrise at the seaside reinforced the fact all good things are wild and free.            

Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

Tips and Tricks Photographing Sunrise:

1) Get up early and get to a location that you've already identified as being a good one having done hours of research before.  If you can't do that the seaside is usually perfect.  Big skies, waves, reflections.              

2)  Do what I say not what I do.  Skipping over a  bed of seaweed in plimsolls (sneakers) and taking grab shots with a big camera and lens is not wise or sensible.  Instead dress appropriately in water/sandproof style & big wellies.  Tripod & filters are not absolutely necessary but definitely can help getting the perfect pics.

3)  Bright sunlight will often create silhouettes out of your foreground. Keep in that in mind and if you haven't got any available models to hand or interesting objects (boats are good) or seagulls - keep moving locations till you can find something.  

4) Always turn round - the sunrise is fabulous but so is the light that it throws on what's behind you.

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