Pre-Sunrise, Britannia Bridge, Anglesey, Wales - This bridge was designed originally by Robert Stephenson as a tubular bridge, it connects the island of Anglesey to mainland Wales. After a fire in 1970 it was rebuilt as a steel truss arch bridge, carrying road and rail traffic. The statue is of Admiral Nelson. Behind the bridge unfortunately are large pylons and numerous wires crossing the Menai Strait, I must have spent 4 hours in Photoshop clone stamping it out.
Sunrise Glow, Latrigg, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England - I took this just after sunrise at Underskiddaw, the smaller hill just north of the town. Being up on hills or mountains is great for amassing lots of photographs. I'm forever switching lenses, for tight zoomed in shots and wide-angle shots, then panoramas. I think this morning I captured 15 portfolio quality shots. I tend to average about 5 shots each time I go out for either sunrise or sunset, so 10 a day.
Sunrise at The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - This iconic avenue of ancient beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion. Whilst some branches have recently been lost due to disease, the trees still remain a wonderful sight. They are one of the most photographed landscape locations in Northern Ireland. I shot this fully zoomed in using my Canon 70-200 F4 to compress the scene. Recently this has become a filming location the series Game of Thrones, representing the King's Road.
Sunrise, Pier 14, San Francisco, California, America - The piers in San Francisco run along the Embarcadero, the numbering starts at the Ferry Building at the end of Market Street. Pier 14, near the Ferry Building, is an extremely long pier, extending way out into the bay, with great views of the Bay Bridge and back towards the city. Also here is a sculpture of a large silver rocket.
Moon over St Thomas a Beckett Church, Romeny Marsh, Fairfiield, Kent, England - The church sits alone surrounded by water courses and footbridges and is visible from a great distance across fields and marshland. The chapel is dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. The iconic church has been used as a filming location for Great Expectations.
Stormy Sunrise at Llanrwst Tu-Hwnt-I'r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) Tea Rooms (built in 1480), Inigo Jones Bridge, Conwy River, Snowdonia, Wales. Llanrwst is a major tourist attraction not too far north from Betws-y-Coed. I was a little late for the autumn colours, a few weeks earlier the cottage was bright red. There's still a few red leaves on the bridge just near the cottage.
Sunrise over Trwyn Du Lighthouse Lighthouse (aka Menai Lighthouse), Penmon, Anglesey, Wales - The lighthouse is located between Dinmor Point near Penmon and Ynys Seriol, or Puffin Island. The lighthouse is 95 feet high and erected in 1838. The lighthouse was built following a disaster, on 17 August 1831, when an steamer, The Rothsay Castle, ran aground and near Puffin Island killing 130 people.
I got to Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons, Wales, a good hour before sunrise. Early morning is the time to shoot still water, it's only then you'll really get the mist. It the largest natural lake in Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangors. Near where I shot this is a crannog (an ancient fortified dwelling constructed in a lake or marsh, the only one found in Wales, normally Scotland or Ireland). In 1925, archaeologists discovered a near complete dugout boat, dated from the 9th century.
Footbridges to St Thomas a Beckett Church, Romney Marsh, Fairfield, near Rye, Kent, England - The church sits alone surrounded by water courses and footbridges and is visible from a great distance across fields and marshland. The chapel is dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. The iconic church has been used as a filming location for Great Expectations.
Sunrise on the Blue Slate Mountain, Snowdon, Llyn Peris, Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales - Commercial Quarrying began at Dinorwig in the early 19th century. Railways with dozens of steam trains transported the slate from Dinorwig to the sea. The quarry closed in 1969 and is now a major tourist attraction. The slate industry dramatically changed the landscape, slate tips, quarry buildings and railways can still be seen today.
Lonely Sunrise, Chicago, Illinois, America - Cloud Gate (commonly referred to as The Bean) is a sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor. It's a magnificent centerpiece of the Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois, America. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together and highly polished to show no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet, and weighs 100 tonnes. If you want a shot without people you'll need to get there really early, this place is packed throughout the day and night. Many great photographs can also be had from using the bean to distort the city skyline behind.
Dramatic Sunrise, Tower Bridge, River Thames, London, England. The bridge (built in 1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge. The bridge is 800 feet long with the towers each 213 feet high. The span between the towers is 200 feet and can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow boats to pass. Inside the bridge there's The Tower Bridge Exhibition, a major tourist attraction, with a glass floor across the high-level walkways connecting the two towers.
Sunrise Sheep, Keswick, Lake District, England - I photographed these three sheep playing with a leaf at Underskiddaw. It was a gorgeous morning with plenty of mist rolling over Derwent Water. This was one of my last shots that morning. It was one of my most successful landscape shoots I've ever done!
Sunrise at The Green Bridge of Wales (about 80 feet high), a limestone natural arch, is a famous landmark in Wales, located close to Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, adjacent to the Stack Rocks and the Cauldron. The area lies the Ministry of Defence's Castlemartin military training area, I could hear the boom of the tanks firing off shells, not too far away!
The Iconic Shot of Venice, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Italy - Taken from Piazza San Marco near Doge's Palace, Colonne di San Marco e San Todaro. I photographed this about 30 minutes before sunrise, combining a single fast shot to capture the boats without blur and a 3-image bracketed shot for a clean, low ISO background.
Winchelsea C Of E Church, East Sussex, England - This small village is located between High Weald and Romney Marsh, two miles west of Rye and seven miles east of Hastings. The town considered one of the smallest in the country. It's thought in the 1260s, that thousands of people lived here, but in 1297 a massive flood completely destroyed the community.
Sunrise taken from Renaissance Park, Tennessee Aquarium, Chief John Ross Bridge (The Market Street Bridge), Chattanooga, Tennessee, America - The aquarium opened in 1992 on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. TripAdvisor designated the aquarium as the 4th best aquarium in the United States in 2015.
Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland - This picturesque street is located in Edinburgh's Old Town, created as a link from the Royal Mile to Waverley Station (in 1856). It is named after the Scottish judge and literary figure Henry Cockburn (Lord Cockburn) who had a strong interest in architectural conservation. I took this early in the morning. I knew I wanted some light trails, not just because I like them, but because I wanted to hide those yellow bags! I got lucky on my first, attempt :)
30 minutes before Sunrise, Llangorse Lake (Llyn Syfaddon) is the largest natural lake in Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangors. Near where I shot this is a crannog (an ancient fortified dwelling constructed in a lake or marsh, the only one found in Wales, normally Scotland or Ireland). In 1925, archaeologists discovered a near complete dugout boat, dated from the 9th century.
St Thomas Beckett Church in the Misty Morning, Romney Marsh, Fairfield, Kent, England - The church sits alone surrounded by water courses and footbridges and is visible from a great distance across fields and marshland. The chapel is dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. The iconic church has been used as a filming location for Great Expectations.
Sunrise at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the outdoor Amphitheater, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, America (just east of 'The Bean' aka Cloudgate). The Pavilion is an incredibly design, by architect Frank Gehry. The pavilion is named after Jay Pritzker, he was an American entrepreneur, whose family is known for owning Hyatt Hotels. The pavilion bandshell is designed to reflect sound for optimal acoustics.
Ponte Sisto (a pedestrian bridge), Rome, Italy - This bridge connects Via dei Pettinari in the Rione of Regola to Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere. The bridge was built between 1473 and 1479, and was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV. The bridge is interesting because of the circular hole, which was created to diminish the River Tiber's pressure on the bridge during times of flooding.
Sunrise, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, South Bank, London, England (also some of the Tower of London on the left) - HMS Belfast is now a museum, originally a Royal Navy cruiser, moored permanently and operated by the Imperial War Museum. The ship was originally launched on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 1938. In June 1944 it took part in Operation Overlord supporting the Normandy landings.
Sunrise, Clifton Suspension Bridge (opened in 1864), Clifton, Bristol, England. The bridge spans the Avon Gorge (331 foot high) and the River Avon, linking Clifton to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. The construction of the bridge was based on a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel's original plan proposed the towers be topped with sphinxes, but unfortunately the ornaments were never constructed. In 1957 a jet piloted flew under the bridge while performing a victory roll before crashing in Leigh Woods, killing the pilot.
Sunrise at Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - The parish church of St Michael and All Angels is situated on the south edge of the village. The village is known for its Music Festival (The Guiting Festival), which runs for ten days, starting in the last week of July every year. Great places to visit that are close include Sudely Castle, the village of Broadway including the Broadway Tower, the old market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, the village of Bourton-on-Water (dubbed the little Venice of the Cotswolds)
Sunrise, Carreg Cennen Castle, four miles south of Llandeilo, near Trapp, Brecon Beacons, Carmarthenshire, Wales - The castle is protected by cliffs to the south and ditches to the west. The first castle was probably built in the 12th century. In 1403 Owain Glyndŵr, with 800 men, attacked Carreg Cennen, and inflicted severe damage to the walls, but failed to take the castle.
Sunrise through the Arch at Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor (an elevation of 518 feet), Somerset, England (Tor is an English word referring to a high rock or a hill). St Michael's Church survived until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 when, except for the tower, it was demolished. This girl sitting there in the arch had never climbed it before and had trouble with vertigo!
Sunrise, Broadway Tower is a folly on Broadway Hill, near the picturesque village of Broadway, in Worcestershire, England. It's situated at the second highest point in the Cotswolds (after Cleeve Hill). The castle, built for Lady Coventry in 1798-99, stands 65 feet high. She wondered if a beacon here could be seen from her house over 20 miles away. She sponsored the construction to find out and indeed, the light could be clearly seen.