There is something special about sitting on the beach on a summer morning watching the sun rise over the sea, lighting up the boats anchored offshore. Sometimes it is really worth making the effort to catch that beach sunrise.
Some would prefer to stay in bed. I would rather be out enjoying the morning and seeing sights like this, especially on a beautiful day on a summer holiday. This was taken on North Beach, Tenby.
Tenby is an historic town tracing it’s beginnings to the 10th century. During the 12th and 13th centuries a castle was built and the town walled. Some of these walls still stand.
The Victorians made the town popular as a seaside resort, which it remains today.
Taking Beach Sunrise Photos
Plan the Shoot
Photographically, sunrise shots can be quite tricky. You really need to know where the sun will be relative to the land and sea and whatever else is around, and do a bit of planning.
Get up early
Then make a point of being there early, having first checked that there is going to be a great sunrise. Grey wet days generally offer nothing interesting and are best spent having a lie-in. Low cloud on the horizon can block anything interesting, but cloud higher in the sky can deliver excellent reflections of the sunrise colours. Similarly, beautiful clear, cloudless skies can often offer very little to make a decent photo. Essentially catching a decent sunrise is a combination of a quick judgement call on the day, a little prior planning, and some luck.
It’s still great to simply be on the beach at the start of a nice day, though.
Sunrise Photo Books
Here’s an interesting how-to post – How to Photograph a Sunrise or Sunset.
I also use The Photographer’s Ephemeris on my tablet and mobile phone to do a bit of planning, so I know exactly where I want to be before I head out to the sunrise.