A Cold Morning at Flamborough

February 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Taking a rare Saturday off work I arranged to meet a couple of photographer friends, Ken and Anand, at Flamborough Head on the East Yorkshire Coast at 6.30am. The alarm woke me up at 5.30am and to be honest I wondered what I was doing, it was a bitterly cold dark morning and a mist hung over Scarborough as I deiced the car. The temperature gauge showed a parky -10 degrees Celsius as I slid out of Scarborough and along the coast towards Bridlington. Snow had mostly cleared the road but as I approached Flamborough in parts the road was covered as the snow had blown off the fields.

Arriving at Flamborough at a tropical -8 degrees I still wasn't sure if the trip would be wasted, mist obscured a lot of the coastline, in the far distance the sun was beginning to rise but it was on the whole grey.

Ken and Anand arrived, Anand having made a ridiculously early start from Manchester. We kitted up in warm clothes and waterproofs and set off down the cliff path towards the coastguard station. I showed Ken and Anand around the various viewpoints, then we split up, I took a climb down a gully overlooking the rock arch. I got settled in, set my tripod up and waited. And waited, and waited. Eventually the sun cleared the bank of cloud hanging out to sea. I knew I wanted the sun to be over the arch so I waited some more until the composition was right. I used a small aperture (F16) to give a great depth of field so everything was sharp, it also has the benefit of giving the starburst effect on the sun. A Hitech reverse ND graduated filter held the sky back and stopped the sun blowing out. I squeezed off a few shots as the sun changed position, this was my favourite. The small patch of snow at the front gives the much needed foreground interest.

Flamborough Head Sunrise - available to buy as a print or canvasFlamborough Head Sunrise Within 10 minutes or so the fog came back in and that was the morning done, a shot I was pleased with in the bag, time to go for a full English breakfast at the Harbour Cafe in Bridlington and defrost.


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