The Early Bird catches the Morning Sun

by Jools Gowans June. 16, 2009 1197 views

I'm not a morning person but on the odd occasion I'll make an exception and today was one of those days. I still had my two rented lenses, Pete had received his lens he'd hired in time for the GP, it was nearly the solstice and a great opportunity to catch the light coming from angles rarely seen - unfortunately for me that meant getting up and out by 5am.

There's the sun coming from the north east!

Bird on a wire

The Itchen Bridge bathed in glorious morning sunlight. This is a single frame at 14mm, the white dot top centre is the moon but you'll have to take my word for that.

To get this sort of view before I needed to stitch several shots together - 15th April [] for example.

The seagulls were curious to see what I was doing and were more than happy to adopt a photogenic vantage point for me.

Taking a quick walk up the bridge, this moored boat caught my attention, the water was remarkably calm (hence my remarking on it)

It's half past five!

And already the bridge was getting busy with people on their way to work.

Looking north from the bridge, the football stadium and the odd tower block bathe in the morning sun.

I particularly liked the way the low sunlight brought out the texture in the paint

The light was streaming between a gap in the nearby buildings - ten minutes later it was gone. Looking at their surroundings, I suspect these telephone boxes might see direct sunlight for maybe two or three hours in a year.

The top half of the Bargate's northern side doesn't often see the sun either - the glancing angle again bringing out the texture in the masonry.

I did cheat with this photo - I took two, one focusing on the building and the other on the moon and performed a lunar transplant.

Another view of the Bargate. Thinking about it, Pete may have taken this - we swapped cameras for a bit.

Looking for a change of view we headed around Southampton Water and down towards Fawley. I had wanted to capture some industrial style images but the refinery and surrounding works aren't particularly visible from close quarters from any public land. Plan B was to park up at Ashlett Creek and walk the footpath to the power station. The tide mill was particularly impressive in the morning light, I'm glad I had that wide angle to fit it all in.

Birds! I'm not sure what variety of bird these are, please let me know if you recognise them. They were busy having a noisy altercation on the roof of the mill.

It's Little Pete! with his not so little lens.

By this time we'd sussed out how to carry the cameras with the big lenses attached - the trick is to use the monopod and hook the whole thing over your shoulder like a knapsack. With heavy lenses, you're supposed to support the lens rather than the camera so using just the camera's strap is not a good idea. Heavy lenses all come with their own tripod mount positioned at the balance point of the lens and typical camera combined.

Look, it's a bunny! I love the way the ears look transluscent in the strong sunlight. It was still only 8am but feeling quite warm in the sun.

Smoke signals

Like ships passing in the…
The Red Funnel ferry (left) and fastcat (right) are normally seen running up and down Southampton Water on their way to and from the Isle of Wight. The Wightlink ferry (centre) is more commonly seen on the Lymington crossing, to see it here was most unusual.

Even at 8:30am there was a lot of heat haze and turbulence in the air, it did turn out to be a very hot day!

Another unusual scene - the Red Funnel ferry is about to pass behind Calshot with it's lifeboat station and castle but in the distance the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is visible 10 miles away.

I wouldn't like to be their window cleaner!
Just a small part of the large building that houses Fawley power station.
There's a public footpath running between the power station and the shoreline - it's a very imposing building.

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Jools Gowans 10 years, 2 months ago

Oystercatchers eh? I don't think they'll be finding any oysters up there ;)

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Ittakesallsorts 10 years, 2 months ago

they are all great - if I had to choose it would probalby be #5 - and the Oystercatchers in #13 ;-}

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Edyta 10 years, 2 months ago

I love #13, a fave!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 10 years, 2 months ago

Great set Jools - reminds me I really should get up early more often!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Brian 10 years, 2 months ago

Great morning light! You should get up early more often! :)

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