As penance for wasting a sunny Saturday by catching up on sleep and watching the rugby, I kicked myself out of bed before dawn on Sunday, and headed down to the beach. There was just enough time for a twenty-odd-minute exposure of this tree, capturing a few star-trails, before it got too light:
The same tree with the developing sunrise behind:
I put my 500mm lens into action for this shot of the Port Talbot steelworks across the bay:
I used the same lens for this pan-blur shot:
this shot of the Meridian Tower near the city centre:
and this picture of the dawn sky over Mumbles Lighthouse:
The colours became more intense:
That tree again:
A couple of my patented pan-blur shots, the aim being to reduce the scene to its essentials and remove distracting details (or something pretentious like that!):
The sun rising near the steelworks:
More-subtle light looking south-westwards towards Mumbles:
A final shot looking back across the rising tide towards the town:
and then it was off for some bird photography.
It was definitely worth getting up early for!