30 Jun An Early Start Rewarded

Source: Maclean Photographic

My favourite time of the day to shoot landscapes is dawn, I just love being out in the fresh air and watching the sun rise above the horizon. At this time of year in Scotland sunrise is round 4:25am, which means a very early start to get in position.

Luckily, I have plenty of beautiful locations to visit here in my home town of Dunbar and Barns Ness Lighthouse, which is only five miles from my front door, ranks as one of the very best.

So I checked the weather forecast, set my alarm for 3am and packed my camera gear ready for a very early start.

Luckily the forecast was correct with high clouds and the potential for a fiery sunrise so I got in the car and head out to Barns Ness to set up.

I was trying out a brand new tripod on this photoshoot, a recently purchased 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy carbon fibre tripod.  This was replacing my sturdy, but weighty, Manfrotto 055 aluminium tripod, with an option ball grip head.  The ‘Billy’ was almost the same height when extended but is half the weight of the Manfrotto and packs down to a smaller size, which is going to very useful from next month when I start travelling again for work.

I set the Fujifilm X-T4, with the XF16-55mm f2.8 lens attached, on the tripod and screwed on the Haida M10 filter holder to the front of the lens.  For the pre dawn shot at the top

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