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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Dawn on the beach at Bamburgh Castle, Northumbria, England

I reckon I’ve seen more sunrises than I’ve had hot dinners, but this one takes the biscuit. Standing by the tripod at dawn in the middle of a two- minute exposure I’m marvelling at the colours rippling through the sky and reflecting off the wet sand. A surf is rolling in off the North Sea and Bamburgh Castle stands commandingly overlooking the beach, silhouetted by the first light spreading through the wisps of cloud in unbelievable hues of pink and purple. The novelty of this experience never wanes, even after 25 years of dawn patrols. Last night high winds shattered our tent and we ended ...

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