Photographing the Sun Rise

Sunrise, Vale of Glamorgan, Mist, Sheep

Being a commercial and industrial photographer invariably means that my cameras are with me most of the time.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that I can stop and take photographs at every opportunity as I am usually racing from one photoshoot to the next.

However, on a glorious morning in late April 2015, I was on my way to a 7am morning meeting on the seafront at Barry Island, driving through the winding lanes of the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales, UK.  The sun had just started to peak out from behind the rolling hills and golden light was spreading across the land.  Just before I reached the small village of Pendoylan, I turned another corner and the view of the rising sun and mist filled valleys was just too much and I pulled over next to a gate to a large field.  As soon as I got out of the car I noticed how cold it was, but remained undeterred.  Opening the boot and my large equipment rucksack, I got out my Canon 5D, quickly chose the settings I wanted with a large aperture and rested on the ice covered gate to steady myself.

Looking across the landscape towards the rising sun, I could see that the far-off tree filled fields were covered with low lying mist.  Trees just poked their heads up through the grey.  In the field before me were some sheep and the orange glowing sun was illuminating them from behind.  It looked beautiful and my job was to try and capture the scene in a photograph.

On my travels, I often get asked by keen photographers for tips.  The number one tip is always to have your camera with you as you just never know what opportunities you may see.  Taking the photographs of that wonderful sunrise took around 15 minutes and I still made my 7am meeting on time.  You never know when you will see something that will ignite your imagination and, even if you don’t have your special camera, use a mobile phone.  Photographs are all about capturing moments in time that will never be repeated.  There will be plenty more sunrises, but none exactly the same as that morning just outside Pendoylan in the Vale of Glamorgan and I have that captured in a photograph for ever.

A selection of the photographs of the sunrise just outside Pendoylan and other sunrises and sunsets can be seen on my website.

5 45am at Caerphilly Castle

5:45am at Caerphilly Castle

It was April and despite the onset of Spring, the early morning was bitterly cold.  Tom and I had got up early to shoot some material for a promotional video for my business, Paul Fears Photography.  We wanted to video the sun rising behind the dramatic Caerphilly Castle, which is the largest of many fantastic fortresses in South Wales.  He was using my Canon 5D and so I was slumming it with my Canon 1000D.  As he filmed, I setup up the camera on a tripod and captured the unfolding dawn and rising of the sun from behind Caerphilly Castle.  The clouds played a big part in the composition, especially with the reflections of the sun.  The starburst was an added bonus.

This image and more photographs of Caerphilly Castle can be seen on http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Castles&sub_album=Caerphilly Castle

Sunrise from My Kitchen Window

Dawn from the kitchen window F33A1457-1The alarm clock had burst into life at 6:30am and I had dragged myself out of bed.  Without really opening my eyes, I made my way downstairs to the kitchen, only pausing to turn off the house alarm and open the front door to let in Jessie, our cat.  Into the kitchen I trudged and I found myself looking through the window at a beautiful sunrise.  My eyes were now wide open and I watched as the sky slowly changed colour as the sun rose up from behind the mountains in the distance.  My camera was still in my bag after last night’s photoshoot of a band and so I grabbed it, changed the lens to my 70-200mm zoom, opened the window and took some shots.  Now I was awake.  Taken in Church Village, South Wales, UK.

More photos of sunsets and sunrises can be seen on – http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Sun-Setting-and-Rising

Dawn on Tankerton Seafront

Sunrise on Tankerton Seafront F33A4989ASMIt had just gone 6am and I had been poised waiting for the sun to rise for at least half an hour. Despite it being summertime, it was cold.  I had positioned myself on a sand spit facing Herne Bay and the rising sun.  My camera was mounted on my tripod for extra stability and it was just a waiting game for the sun. I occasionally acknowledged some joggers as they plodded past, giving me odd looks even when they had got up at this unearthly hour to burn off that fat and keep fit. Each to his own, I thought. And then the sun peaked over the horizon and the sun burst into colour. As I clicked away, I just thought how lucky I was and how worthwhile it had been to crawl out of bed over an hour earlier.  More photos of the sunrise can be seen on my website on http://paulfearsphoto.co.uk/index.php?cat=photographs&id=16&album=Sun-Setting-and-Rising&sub_album=Sunrise-in-Kent