The more effort I put into this website and my photography, the more visitors and emails I get from people. If it wasn’t for the numbers of people reading this and looking at my images every day this picture wouldn’t be taken. I had had a very late night the night before and managed to crawl out of bed at 6am to sit by the beach in the cold waiting for the sun to come up over the sea. It was unbelievably brilliant. Until now I always thought to myself, “sunrises are the same as sunsets, only you have to get out of bed really early to capture them”. I now see there is so much more, the warmth from the sun, the colour shift as it pops over the horizon. The above image was taken at the local beach in Pula, Sardinia. I would guess at about half an hour after I first glimpsed the sun popping out of the sea. I obviously took many photos but this one is a little different because of the way I used the palm trees to the left to encroach on the photograph, giving a nice black silhouette against the orange light.
My dad had told me that some of his best sunset photographs, had been taken in Northumberland. So when I spent a week there a couple of months ago, I was determined to take a sunset. After photographing a lot of sunsets, I have come to the conclusion that it isn’t so much the quality of the clouds, sun and colours of light that makes for a great image of a sunset. It is more to do with having a good or interesting subject to put in front or behind the sun as it sets as in the example image above. I used this old yacht called Morning Mist, and put the front of the boat in front of the setting sun. I am really happy to share this picture with you as it is one of the better sunset photographs I have taken. But in my opinion I have a better one which I took of the same boat on the same evening. But sadly you will have to keep reading and sometime soon I will publish it.
This afternoon I arrived back to Manchester from Almeria on the south coast of Spain. Finally, I can put some of my Spanish photography online for you, but it was so hot I hardly took any photographs. The above picture was taken on the compact camera, I was trying to scout out a location around Roquetas De Mar looking toward San Agustin. I was planning to come back on the last night to get a really good photograph. This was just a quick grab shot, still I didn’t think it was too bad and as I never got a chance to go back to get a really good sunset I thought I would share this with you. On a more positive note, I did take a picture of this morning’s sunrise, something I rarely ever see. More photos from Spain will be uploaded in the next few days.
After our Saturday morning exploring the centre of Blackpool we drove a couple of miles north along to coast to a quieter part of the beach for a picnic and a spot of sun bathing. It was a great afternoon and we decided to wait around for the sunset. There was a lot of haar (sea mist) over the sea, making the sunset a little diluted. At about 8pm two fisherman started setting up their rods over the sea wall so I thought it would add interest to an otherwise boring sunset.