It looks like the edge of the world. Taken during our 2014 trip to Tenby in Pembrokeshire. The photo was taken from the clifftops close to the lighthouse on Caldey Island, a short boat ride from Tenby.
Tenby in Pembrokeshire is perhaps my favourite seaside holiday spot in the UK. It’s one of those places where you can choose central accommodation, park the car and walk to the beautiful beaches and some great restaurants. on this particular trip we took a boat across to Caldey Island. On the way we were presented with this picture. Good Memories.
There is something special about sitting on the beach on a summer morning watching the sun rise over the sea, lighting up the boats anchored offshore. Sometimes it is really worth making the effort to catch that beach sunrise.
Some would prefer to stay in bed. I would rather be out enjoying the morning and seeing sights like this, especially on a beautiful day on a summer holiday. This was taken on North Beach, Tenby.
Tenby is an historic town tracing it’s beginnings to the 10th century. During the 12th and 13th centuries a castle was built and the town walled. Some of these walls still stand.
The Victorians made the town popular as a seaside resort, which it remains today.
Taking Beach Sunrise Photos
Plan the Shoot
Photographically, sunrise shots can be quite tricky. You really need to know where the sun will be relative to the land and sea and whatever else is around, and do a bit of planning.
Get up early
Then make a point of being there early, having first checked that there is going to be a great sunrise. Grey wet days generally offer nothing interesting and are best spent having a lie-in. Low cloud on the horizon can block anything interesting, but cloud higher in the sky can deliver excellent reflections of the sunrise colours. Similarly, beautiful clear, cloudless skies can often offer very little to make a decent photo. Essentially catching a decent sunrise is a combination of a quick judgement call on the day, a little prior planning, and some luck.
It’s still great to simply be on the beach at the start of a nice day, though.
Tenby colours never cease to amaze me. Walk down many of the streets in the “old” (or tourist oriented!) Tenby and the visitor will see the many shades of pink, blues and yellows which have been used to paint the buildings. It’s a pretty place to visit.
A sunrise walk on Tenby North Beach at low tide makes access to the harbour easy. The photo at the top of this page was taken soon after sunrise with the tide not fully out. The bright colours of the boats look great against the old stone buildings of the harbour and the coloured buildings above.
The colours of Tenby on the harbour are a classic photo on many a calendar. Here’s one I captured on my last visit, again taken soon after sunrise, but from a higher viewpoint.
If you haven’t read my previous posts, Tenby is a popular summer holiday destination in Pembrokeshire in Wales, UK.
Easter weekend 2014 was planned a while ago, a couple of nights camping at Llyn Gwynant, with a climb to the top of Mount Snowdon. Friday saw us on our way, early, past Birmingham and heading towards Wales. Rhug Estate provided a pleasant refreshment stop, with the next stop being Llyn Gwynant campsite.
Llyn Gwynant really is a camper’s campsite. Situated in the shadow of Gallt y Wenallt, part of the Snowdon Masssif, the site consists of open fields located next to a river, leading into a lake. Parking is controlled, which means no cars in the camping area, and sound systems are banned. Really a beautiful spot for the keen camper.
Despite the site being busy, we were able to find a spot next to the river and settle down for a couple of nights camping. With a sunny day to enjoy, next to a lake, once we had made camp, the only realistic thing to do was, of course to hire a raft and go boating. The eight seater “raft” was actually two canoes bound together by a wooden frame. With the length of lake explored, and the requisite mid-lake toast made it was time to settle down to a couple of excellent Welsh beers and dinner.
Now there is one disadvantage to camping in a valley in the mountains. Well before sunset the sun slips behind the mountains. In Wales in April that means it gets COLD. Fortunately LLyn Gwynant is a “proper” campsite with facilities for a campfire. Take a bunch of Southern Africans camping and there has to be a braai or a potjie. Beer was soon accompanied by a tasty one pot beef and rice concoction.
A good night’s sleep saw everyone up early for coffee and a skottel bacon and bagel breakfast. That’s a grand mix – in Wales, eating bacon cooked on a South African skottel, accompanied by a bread originally from Poland!
Now for the main event. A bit of preparation and kit checking, and we were off to Pen y Pass to start our climb up the mountain. Watch this space for the next installment.
Camping by the river
Gallt y Wenallt
Going for a Paddle
Camp below Gallt y Wenallt
Camp in the Valley
LLyn Gwynant Campsite
View across the River
Sundown at Llyn Gwynant
Just a Tree
sun Grass and Trees
Cold in Camp
A Toast to Llyn Gwynant
Morning in Camp
Camp Waking Up
As always a couple of photo notes. Nothing fancy here, just the Canon EOS 450D with Sigma 17-50, Aperture priority in general. I use a slightly increased saturation, which has delivered strong blue skies and green grass.