I didn't have much faith in this morning's sunrise, but there was a chance it'd be good and that is all I needed. I was up nice and early, put four layers on to fight the cold and stepped out the door. I had a trick up my sleeve - take a long exposure to see if there was any texture in the sky, but that didn't matter as I had already locked myself out of the house - there was no point in me not going. My initial plan was to walk a short way up the camel trail to the iron bridge. However, once I got there, I found the tide wasn't high enough and I was wearing shoes that I didn't want to attempt the slippery slope and seaweed in.
As I walked back to Padstow, I looked for other possible locations to photograph at. I tried a composition that was fairly simple but very effective - focussing on the reflections in the estuary. Although the sunrise was almost colourless, the textures in the clouds were fantastic and made the shots. I also photographed a small boat to add a specific focal point to the image - making it more interesting and dynamic. Finding a composition that I really liked was relatively easy, but involved getting muddy feet, right through to my socks, due to the clay-like ground. I really need to invest in some good wellies!
Trying to make the most of the morning, I began walking further along the shoreline into Padstow. I quickly became interested in a second boat that was further out in the water. I immediately thought about ideas of solitude and the blueness of the scene helps that come across. For this shot, I used a ND filter and a long exposure to smooth out the ripples in the water. However, I didn't like how it stretched the clouds across the sky. To solve the problem, I simply took a second, shorter exposure so the clouds were sharp and blended the two in photoshop.
My time was coming to an end because the interesting clouds were blowing over and the sky was turning a mucky yellow. I did however take the time to experiment with different apertures in my lens - a valuable process, useful for finding the point in which your lens best performs and produces the best results. The lens I was using happens to have a "sweet spot" of F/8.