I really ought to thank one of my Facebook friends, Adrian Oakes, who wrote as his status “Forecast is looking good for sunrise. Another 3am start looming….”. When it comes to early mornings, I tend to procrastinate about actually getting up and going out; I sometimes look for excuses why I shouldn’t go. Which is all very silly as when I’m out for sunrise, I’m one of the happiest people alive. Walking around in the pre-dawn light, seeing the sun slowly rise (usually several minutes late from the BBC sunrise time) and then feeling the warmth of the new day slowly seep into my cold body is an experience I will never tire of. What makes the procrastinating even more silly is I was trying to decide whether to go to a location just 10 minutes walk from where I was staying, my childhood home from birth to 25 and where my parents still live. Anyway, I saw Adrian’s status which kicked my bottom into gear and I decided to get go for it.
So I set my alarm from 5am, got up at 4:50am (I always wake before my alarm on sunrise shoots), dressed and walked out the door. I met my first dog walker at 5am, tried a shot of Devonport from Saltash Comprehensive School (or whatever it’s called now) and then proceeded down into Churchtown Farm Community Nature Reserve, but slightly wary of dogs – it’s a haven for dog walkers, but I’m not happy with dogs and they tend to get defensive when I’m using the tripod (was out once, sensed someone behind me and it was a dog crouched down and it growled horribly when I looked at it). I was pleased to see mist lying around and was glad I’d made the effort to get up. After taking a few shots of Trematon Castle and Forder, I headed into Point Field as the sun was rising. Realising I was in the wrong place, I ran to the right place in the field and set up the tripod whilst getting my breath back (I’m fit, but not a runner). I only knew this was the right place due to a walk here earlier in the week, which highlights the benefits of a recce.
I then walked around Point Field to the view towards the Ince Estate, which was hidden in the mist.
Slightly further along, I shot a photo or two of Trematon Castle through the trees and then walked into the next field. By now, the sun had risen a little higher and had lit the underside of Forder Viaduct so I headed back to Point Field. As I got the camera set up, I heard the first Penzance train of the day. I quickly framed, focused and got ready. To be honest, I’m not sure of the photo would look better without the train (I do have one without the train, but haven’t processed it yet).
With the photo shoot over, I walked home for breakfast. A good mornings work and it wasn’t even 7am yet!