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Keeping An Open Mind

Last Friday afternoon saw us heading for Whitby to deliver some stock to the Art Café. It was a lovely evening, so after a walk along the cliff top, we treated ourselves to a bar meal sat out in the sun in the beer garden at the Hart in Sandsend.

The sun sets just behind Kettleness Point in August and I had a couple of locations I wanted to try in mind, so we decided to stay and see what the sunset had to offer this evening. I had a different angle on the beach huts I wanted to try in low evening light, but sea spray from the high tide meant the shot wasn’t going to work that evening, so I headed for the pier instead. As I sat waiting for the sun to set, a heavy bank of cloud gathered over Kettleness Point, so my chances of getting a good sunset were rapidly diminishing. However, conscious that it never pays to leave a sunset location too soon, I decided to hang on and see what developed. As sunset approached it became clear that the sky over Kettleness wasn’t going to play ball, but I could see that the sky behind me was showing a faint hint of pink. It’s well worth remembering to keep an eye on the sky behind you, as you never know what might be happening.

As the pink in the sky over the abbey strengthened, I decided it was time to shift my attention to that direction, so I gathered my gear and relocated to the end of the pier. I set up my tripod and camera and was just reaching into my bag to get my filter pouch when someone tried to squeeze past me. As I leaned forward to give them some room I caught my filter pouch on the lid of my bag and watched in horror as the pouch flew out of my hand towards the sea! Seeing 9 filters at roughly £80 each head for the sea below didn’t bear thinking about! Luckily the pouch hit the railings and landed on the woodwork, so all was well. I even managed to get the shot too.

I know I’ve written about this before, but it’s one thing having an idea about what you want to shoot, but it’s important to bring an open mind and work with the conditions you are presented with. It’s also a good idea to hang on until at least 15 – 30 minutes after the sun has set, as you never know how the afterglow might develop and you really don’t want to see a great sunset in your rear view mirror as you drive home do you?!800-1-12917-RB

Whitby Sunset

A couple of weeks ago we joined some friends on a group outing to Whitby on what proved to be a bright, sunny afternoon. I didn’t feel very inspired in the afternoon, but once we’d adjourned to the Fisherman’s Wife cafe for some fish and chips, the cooler evening light started to look much more promising.

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While we were waiting for the sun to go down, we watched the amazing spectacle of dozens and dozens of fishermen turning up to fish on the turning tide. An hour later they all trouped off again with bags crammed full of mackerel, leaving the pier clear for us photographers!


Once again it proved worth waiting for the light as we were treated to a spectacular sunset. There’s nothing worse than heading home empty handed and seeing a great sunset in your rear view mirror.


Whitby Sunrise

Whitby SunriseWe’ve had a great run of lovely sunrises recently, so after capturing a reasonable on land shot, I was keen to get to the coast and capture one over water. Saturday morning saw us up early if not bright and on our way to Whitby on a bitterly cold morning. Walking out onto the pier meant I was out of the shelter and in the cold wind, but it was worth it to see the twighlight glow strengthen over Saltwick Nab. It’s scenes like this that always make an early start worthwhile.

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Dawn at Sandsend

We all like a lie in on a Sunday, so with the sun rising at a leisurely 7.30, we were able to lie in until 5.30………..

After a couple of weeks of overcast skies (Always the enemy of a landscape photographer), the weather forecast predicted clear skies at dawn on Sunday morning, so we headed for Sandsend and were greeted with another great sunrise spectacle.