Not the first location that springs to mind when thinking of a sunrise shoot on the East Yorkshire coast but none the less it's a location I hadn't shot the early morning before. I was up early and arrived just as the morning started to break, the tide was about to peak and the beach was fast becoming inaccessible. A lone fisherman stood on the slipway, wrapped up warm in a yellow thermal suit, sheltering behind the flood defences from the ice cold wind chill cutting across the land from the North Sea. I headed to the staircase under the beach towers with a plan to take some long exposures but the wind was too strong and even my rucksack strapped to the tripod couldn't stop the constant vibrations on the lens filters. I walked along the promenade up to the lifeboat station and as if by magic the wind died a little, the sky started to turn an ever so slightly warmer shade of grey. I set up on the wall, knowing this was my best opportunity of something useable and I grabbed a few exposures. I had a chat with another local photographer that wasn't taking pictures today but was walking his dog, he was heading further north later that day to take pictures of the caves at Flamborough. The Sky turned again and the clouds parted, leaving the main event to be a beautiful warm serene scene. I watched as another photographer toyed with the tide, pushing his boundaries and nearly getting caught a few times!
Not the idyllic seaside retreat it used to be but for those brief few fleeting moments as the sun rose, I could've been anywhere.
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