Sunrise Photography Without The Sun
The Patience Of A Saint (Photographer) | Sharon Henry
We know the drill – alarm clock, brush teeth, clothes on, fill flask, kit bag, in the car, go, go go – smooth as a black ops team headed out before first light. Camera? Check. Tripod? Check. Biscuits? Check. Kindle (seriously)? Check. It’s all about routine and stealth, and we don’t want to wake the neighbours.
A winding drive to the location, a quick hike by mobile phone torchlight to reach the spot, now we wait, and wait – and wait some more. Any minute now…
And it doesn’t happen. Just a stubborn, foggy, dull, washed-out landscape. WTH. February on St Helena is supposed to be summer but the weather has been as fickle as a teen with a TV remote and our sunrise photography chalks up another fail.
The Joy of Sunrise Photography
We came here for the sunrise, all we get are flecks of potential that do no more than tease. If only the swirling mist would shift. Ever the optimists we pour the coffee and nibble on shortbread scanning the sky for a break in cloud cover. The sun does rise of course, just not in a showy ‘ta-tah’ fashion but instead more of a, ‘meh’ so not worth getting out of bed kind of way. So weak it doesn’t burn off the veil of persistent fog.
Oh the joys of landscape photography at dawn – chasing the sun and looking for breaks has been the story of our life behind the camera on St Helena. You really need the patience of a Saint – photographer. And yes, perseverance does have its pay-offs in between, which makes the captures all the more sweeter. We know, we’ve had plenty of grey starts to make us appreciate a clear sky. And it’s enough to keep us having another go at sunrise photography.
Here are some of our not so pretty pictures. Sadly there are so many to choose from.