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Old Harry Rocks Sunrise

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So this was taken the other week on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset at Old Harry Rocks in the early hours of the day. I woke up at 3.00am (was to early to leap out of bed in a rush!) and left at 4.00am, picked up a friend on the way and then settled down for the hour drive to the coast to get setup on the cliff edge about 45mins before the sun rose.


Disappointingly, however expected due to the weather forecast the sky was pretty clear none the less there was some nice colours in the sky before the sun came up. You'll also probably note how blue the sea is which I believe is caused by the chalk deposits in the sea from the cliffs.


A little bit of history for you too, these rocks are pretty old, about 65,000,000 years old (65 million in other words, I just think all the 0's make it look a bit more impressive :P) however interestingly these rocks are the youngest parts of the Jurassic Coast line. The oldest parts are up to 245 million years old, with the west end being the older part of the rocky coast line, most notably with a place called Ladram Bay which I hope to shoot one day.


Anyway when I was taking this shot I was really trying to get the sea blurred like it is in this shot. This is about one of the only ones I managed to do this on because my ND8 filter wasn't really strong enough to give me the required shutter speed to blur the sea as the light levels rose with the sun rising. My 10 stop filter would have been to extreme as well so I don't thin that would have worked great either. So a little bit frustrating but all good in the end.


Anyway enjoy :)


Technical Details:

Shutter Speed: 15 seconds

Aperture: F16

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 18mm

Filters: Hitech 0.9 Soft Grad + Hitech ND0.9


Also if anyone out there is based in Dorset (preferably north Dorset) or based in Plymouth area and is into landscape photography than please let me know if your interested in a shooting buddy, its always nicer to go to locations like this with someone rather than on your own :)

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Taken on April 12, 2012