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Durdle Door Winter Sunrise

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This is an older image from a shoot on December 3rd 2010.I know I piss a lot of you guys off for posting very similar images, but I am still not happy with how I have processed these in the past.

This was the most stunning morning I have ever had on the Dorset coast and to be there at Durdle Door was so lucky.

I checked the weather forecast the evening before and it was going to be very cold. I arrived at around 5.30 am the temp was - 5 no one else turned up for the first light not surprising as the road was covered in snow that had been compacted down by the previous days traffic and had then froze over night, it was a real battle getting up the road to the entrance to the caravan park which is the way down to the door for those of you who have not been here before.

When I got down on the beach after a long walk in the dark through 3-5 inch's of snow to my delight I was alone on the pebbles with snow at the high water mark and sea mist on the water , I'm guessing the temp was lower on the beach around - 8. When the pre dawn started to appear it was unreal simply stunning. I started firing away as the light got better and better.

A little later another photographer arrived still before sunrise (Alistair Haimes) we spoke about how stunning it was and both got on with getting images on the memory cards. A little later Alister told me he had driven in from the opposite direction as myself and could not get up the hill due to the ice, so parked at Lulworth Cove and walked in. Later in the morning we walked back up the steps from the beach to be greeted by a huge bank of heavy mist rolling down the hills towards us. Again as the mist came over the edge of the cliffs and engulfed us the temp dropped at least another 4-5 degrees.

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Taken on December 3, 2010