Up with the lark

I hadn’t been up early enough to catch a sunrise so decided this was the day, bearing in mind most sensible photographers don’t try this in the summer when the nights are short and days long, meaning you need to get up a silly o’clock (which in this case was about 3 AM) before an hour and a bit drive to the site!

Dunnottar castle was my objective and that is about 1:15 – 1:30 hr drive from my home, so equipped with freshly made coffee I set off, getting there around 15 min before sunrise; so had to quickly find a good spot. I was surprised to see another couple there waiting to catch the same sunrise with their phone cameras, apparently, it was something on the ladies bucket list to do before her 50th!

Anyway, the time came and went for sunrise and it wasn’t the best I had seen but there were moments of clouds clearing and bright sunshine beaming across the landscape, I wanted to get a shot of the castle with the sunrise as a backdrop but it just wasn’t happening. In the end, I decided to try a silhouette effect on the castle and the sun shining through the clouds.

Once sunrise had come and gone I decided to move down to the shoreline and see if there were any scenic opportunities there, I used a long exposure method to try and smooth out the water and give a surreal effect, a few of the results are below, see what you think.

The Bruce

Robert the Bruce King of Scots 1274 – 1329 was a classical Scots hero and no friend of an Englishman, below is a photo of his statue at the Bannockburn heritage site near Stirling. Taken on a very early and cold morning, in the hope of catching a nice sunrise with the statue in a good position, as it turned out although fairly short-lived, the sunrise was extraordinary!

Bruce
The Bruce

Castle in the mist

Emerging from the morning mist and taken from the Wallace monument, the sun rising from the left has enhanced the colours of the Great hall. I had set out at silly o’clock in the morning to drive to Stirling (about 40 min) to catch the sunrise over the castle from below, unfortunately, the mist was so thick from below that the castle couldn’t be seen at all!

Castle Mist
Stirling Castle in mist
Castle
Stirling Castle

I hastily relocated to the nearby Wallace monument, which was a fairly steep hike uphill in order to get there in time for sunrise and hopefully above the mist layer. I got there just in time to capture a fairly brief moment (a few minutes really) where the sun hit the Queens Chapel.