If you haven't already heard of Thomas Heaton, allow me to introduce you to photographer, Youtuber, adventure and all-round inspiring guy! He recently wrote a blog post about the hardest thing in landscape photography... I gave it a read and wasn't surprised when (spoiler alert) he said it was the getting up early and getting out! This morning, I was putting that to the test, as I haven't been able to wake up for sunrise in a while!
My process usually starts the night before... Checking the weather to see if it would be worth it or not, checking the tide times to see what location would be best, and checking for any other important information - in this case, where to park. The only thing left to do, was to actually wake up and leave the comfort of my own bed at 4am!
When I first stepped outside and looked up at the sky, I knew that I was in luck. First of all, there was no rain. Second of all, there was separation and detail in the clouds. However, there was still a drive to be done, and the walk to Mother Iveys itself wasn't short.
Of course, things don't always go to plan, and that's when you can get disheartened. When I got to the beach this morning and saw that the clouds weren't allowing for any colour, I wasn't quite sure what to do. I had the composition I wanted and landscape was looking stunning, but there wasn't any light, and I nearly didn't get any photos. Thankfully, a shutter speed of over two minutes really added interest to the scene, and the morning wasn't a total write off.
The thing is, it doesn't need to be a nice sunset for the shoot to be worth it. I didn't need a good photo for the shoot to be worth it either. There is always some location scouting to be done! And believe me, there's nothing better than being outdoors anyway! You could even have a little swim, like me this morning!
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