Knowing when to quit, and when not to!

Knowing when to quit, and when not to!

This morning was the first sunrise shoot I’ve managed to drag myself out of bed in the dark for in quite a while.  A quick glimpse outside tells me there’s enough cracks in the clouds to justify the effort.  No plan, just head to the sea.  Don’t know if the tide is in or out.  It’s probably just as well I’ve done some evening shoots recently so I know my gear is all intact in one bag.

Martello Morning
Martello Morning

Pre-dawn light was reflecting beautifully to the north of Lambay.  A sign the summer is coming when the sunrise is heading north.  It also means some of my favourite dawn locations with a more southerly aspect where not an option.  Settling on a new location at low tide I took a couple of shots and was happy.

I tried a couple more shots with various compositions but the light was not improving.  After about 45 minutes I started packing and heading across the rocks.  Then I took another look up and the clouds all round where glowing a warm orange hue.   When I reached the next high spot I unpacked again but the best light was already fading.

Catching the light
Catching the light

I usually loose interest once the sun rises and the light is getting harsh.  This morning I barely waited until sunrise.  Lack of practice made me impatient I think.  It wasn’t a spectacular dawn, but it’s still a lesson learned.