Sunrise – The Luck Of The Draw
I love sunrises but I rarely photograph them, the ones I normally get to see are the ones that I witness on the way to work in winter and therefore have no camera. I’m not an early morning person so am very reluctant to get up at silly o’clock to photograph what is quite often a non event, the exception being is when I’m in Scotland during the spring and fall and this post is about one such occasion on the 8th of October.
The weather forecast was for scattered cloud and sunrise at 07:37 local time, my location was to be at the foot of Buachaille Etive Mor in the Highlands. Even a lazy so and so like me can be up for 06:30 especially in a location such that I was in.
I set up in darkness with the help of a torch to see by and a laser pen to help achieve focus as can be seen from the image below. The forecast was correct – scattered cloud. I’ve posted a sequence of images from that morning and have included a time stamp.
Although sunrise was timed for 07:37 it get’s light significantly earlier and as can be expected there is a lot of light in the East some 40 minutes before sunrise. (Below)
There was nowt I could do about my location, I had chosen, so I had to make the most of it, I swung the camera back around to it’s previous direction just in time to catch the wisp of cloud highlighted by the sun. I waited with fingers crossed that the sun would light the cottage before the clouds blanked out the sun.
On the short walk back to the van I stopped off to take this image, more of a ‘recce’ shot for future reference.
Whilst having a ‘brew’ I took a moment to reflect back on the previous 90 minutes as to how the weather/outlook is constantly changing and was quite pleased to see the images on the LCD screen on the camera. Not too shabby after all.
Before it got too late I relocated to nearby Glencoe and was surprised to see some of the peaks were still being lit by the sun, over an hour since sunrise, although the best light had gone it gave me ideas for the future.