Last year I went to Saltburn by the Sea to capture the sunrise, only to be foiled by the position of the sun. At that time of year (I think it was mid September), the sun rose behind the iconic Saltburn Cliffs, thus obscuring the view I really wanted. I’ve learned one or two things about planning trips since then. One of which is the awesome website www.suncalc.net, which gives you the position of the sunrise and sunset for any location and date you care to throw at it. Thus armed I was ready for another crack and with a favourable weather forecast for the early part of Saturday I duly set my alarm for 4:14am the following morning.
Last time I had the beach all to myself, with the exception of one or two dog walkers and hardy surfers. This time however I was joined by what appeared to be a group of photographers on what looked to be a workshop, which made things a little interesting. Composing shots isn’t as easy when you have to account for photographers in front of you creeping into the edge of frame. However we were all in the same boat, but somewhat disappointingly this time the sunrise didn’t really deliver. A bank of low grey cloud on the horizon saw to that. After firing off a few monochromatic shots of the pier extending out to sea I decided to move directly underneath it and was impressed by the latticework of wood and metal which keeps the pier upright. I took this shot below and ran it through Lightroom, Photomatix Pro and Photoshop. I think it was my favourite shot of the session, but I suspect the other photographers would have fared a little better. Hope you like it.