As my regular readers will know, I am a student of sunrise. In the last few years, I've routinely woken in the early hours and taken magical mystery trips into the unknown with my camera in hand. But I struggle to recall a morning as saintly as this one.
Now, above any other factor, the quality of Landscape Photography is dictated by light. Yes, there are other factors that come into play (without a subject, for example, you don't have a photo, you just have a view), but stunning light certainly eases the path towards epic images.
On this particular morning, I'd woken at 1.40am with a meticulously planned Milky Way shoot in mind. I'd decided on my foreground, on the exact location I needed to be at from exactly 2.32am onwards, but when I arrived there was far too much light pollution, not to mention a raft of barely perceptible low clouds. These clouds were only visible as a slightly orange overlay once the image appeared in-camera. I persevered with it until 4.36am when astronomical twilight ended at the first hint of daylight began to percolate through the night sky.
As time marched on, a bank of high, broken cloud slowly made its way across the sky, and that was the moment when I realised that in about 15 minutes time it would be perched just beyond my subject, Fairfield Church. With no clouds present on the horizon, it also became clear that there was a very strong chance that these clouds would be up-lit by the pre-sunrise rays (for this to happen, high, broken cloud is a must!). When it all came together in this imperious display I was simply in awe of what I was witnessing.
The image itself is cropped to a standard 3:2 ratio, but actually contains 5 separate images to ensure a super-high quality print, which is now available from my Store, for those based in Europe.