now and again i wake up early in the morning, toss and turn for a while, make a cup of tea, or watch TV for a while, before returning to bed. on this occasion however, i looked out of the window and noticed stars in the sky. thinking that there might be a good sunrise, i drove to newcastle, county down.
unsurprisingly at half five in the morning i had the beach to myself. the half hour before sunrise provided the best opportunities to get some pictures. by the time i arrived in work, i was ready for bed though.
copyright © all rights reserved.
the use or the reproduction of this photograph, on any media, for profit or otherwise, is prohibited without my written permission.
Critiques | Translate
mmohan (744) 2012-04-25 10:00
Wonderful shot! This kind of effect on the water never ceases to enthrall me.
It was worth your waking up early for!
yquem46 (38752) 2012-04-25 10:05
Another splendid shot, well in your line
Gorgeous colors, excellent result of the long exposure, nicely composed along the perspective of the wood posts
Bravo, very well done
Gigidusud (21151) 2012-04-25 10:44
Fantastic shot with splendid pastel tones.Great perspective and nice atmosphere.I like it!
Thanks for sharing.
dale54 (8054) 2012-04-25 11:03
brian hi,this is a wow shot!i really like this,it has a mood all its own!great POV!let me say it again-wow! tfs! dr
PaulVDV (29147) 2012-04-25 11:41
It's really a fantastic shot!
Well composed with the diagonal line of the poles in the water.
I like specially those big pebbles in the water on the FG. Most are black or white or brown. And there's even a beautiful red one.
You have really a lot of courage to get up so early to drive to the sea.
Best regards, Paul
Jeppo (17645) 2012-04-25 11:50
county down reminds me of a Irish song about a sweet Coleene (or something like that...)
I like the pastel tones of the sunrise while the wavebreaker providing with the suitable depth.
a stunning shot
HimalAnda (10669) 2012-04-25 12:00
What a beautiful light! The low exposure gives a strange aspect to the water.
Kitty_the_Wild (1169) 2012-04-25 12:27
I really like these colors, and the perspective you captured, with the different shadows on the sea, and the flowing effect of the waves.
So much relaxing.
rbassin (23043) 2012-04-25 12:34
c'est une très belle composition, j'aime l'ambiance qui s'en dégage.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-04-25 13:06
Hello Brian - This is really beautiful! I love the composition with the strong leading line and follow through by the wooden posts. The water is perfect and the FG detail with water wisps and colourful pebbles amongst the best I have seen..... and I look at many landscape shots. The effect of the reflections on the water is so finely captured I am envious! One of, if not, your best shots. I wish it was my work! Warm regards and well worth the early morning. Rosemary
Zengi001 (2825) 2012-04-25 14:01
Good diagonal minimal composition.
I loved the pink-blue color tint and the effect on the water. Nice exposure control, well done!
willperrett (10894) 2012-04-25 14:28
You can take pills for that you know. Mind you if you had, you'd have been tucked up in bed and missed this beautiful scene. And you had the presence of mind to take a tripod with you. You're not as stupid as I look. I love what the long exposure has done to the water. I used to live in Newcastle, NSW. Apropos of nothing.
tyro (25282) 2012-04-25 16:06
If ever there was a good reason for getting out of your scratcher at five o'clock in the morning, the capture of this photograph must rank high on the list.
Firstly, the composition is superb with the skeletal remains of a groyne or jetty leading the eye toward the light on the horizon. But it is the light itself which really is the star of the show in this photograph - light that diffuses throughout the picture in wonderful tones from warm pink to cool blue, so subtle in the distance and yet so strong in the foreground where the sea-washed pebbles are radiantly colourful.
Your long exposure has smoothed the water beautifully, the exposure itself is perfect and the sharpness exquisite.
npecanhuk (75502) 2012-04-25 19:47
Another wonderful picture!
Colors, long exposure, chosen pov and composition are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
Glint (6171) 2012-04-25 22:51
Good morning rian,
this is a beauty! worth the early start.Perfectly composed using rule of thirds and a good diagonal line.I like it's dreamy quality and fg detail.
dkmurphys (59155) 2012-04-26 0:07
Lovely effects and a superb high quality. I like the atmosphere, great shot!
JFS (32459) 2012-04-26 0:37
Magical blue shot of this beautiful morning wakening. The whole image is lovely.
annjackman (21899) 2012-04-26 0:50
What a perfect capture with wonderful pink and blue tones that is made even more dream-like with the long exposure giving a silk-like quality to the water. I like the shiny, coloured pebbles in the FG and the diagonal of the old posts that are such an important part of the composition.
A favourite for me.
Best wishes, Ann
CLODO (34546) 2012-04-26 1:16
The peebles in the moving water are like diamonds in a dreamy silk presentation, the color of the water is incredible and you got a stunning perspective with the wooden poles. Never fancy it should be in North England !
Royaldevon (39340) 2012-04-26 1:58
I think I would be feeling tired, too after such a restless night, but it did not affect your photography skills.
Your pov is lovely, with the groynes emerging from the r/h corner and leading towards the horizon, through a mist of blues and pinks.
The slow shutter speed has created an atmosphere of myth, where spirits walk and dragons prowl.
Have a lovely day,
timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-26 3:03
always worth getting up for when you get shots like this! Full of that exquisite atmosphere you get early morning. Composed and executed flawlessly. Beautiful!
Have a good day - Brian.
MJR (3360) 2012-04-26 3:22
Well worth your early get up. But I can believe your day was wrecked thereafter ( I've tried it too, but prefer to keep my sunrises to winter time now ! )
I love the ethereal mood you have caught here, the sea like a mist around the rocks, and the beautiful lilac red blue tones stretching right across your picture.
The headland gives it a key, and the groyne timbers provide a wonderful focal point.
delpeoples (58278) 2012-04-26 3:42
I could have had whales breaching and David Beckham swimming nude in my shot and it wouldn't have trumped this! Wow, it's simply stunning. The best photo I've seen in ages. Those pastel tones, particularly the blue are exquisite and I love how the coloured stones appear through the "mist" to add texture and even more texture. The pinkish tones on the horizon are the icing on the cake. Now let me guess: you were using a CPL and grey grad filter? Excellent use of your gadgets to produce an extraordinary photo. Can I make a request? I'd love to see any vertical or landscape shots you had without the headland and just that row of wooden palings in the sea. I'll keep coming back to this one all day, congratulations.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-04-26 9:20
Most Excellent photo Brian!! I love the DOF starting at the shore line with the light reflecting rock, to the city on the coastline in the distance. Stunning POV and the colors are hypnotic and with great detail to clarity. Loving this photo!!
TFS...........Your Friend from California..........Buddy
williewhistler (16398) 2012-04-26 10:57
top quality work,an absolutely stunning shot.
The composition using the groins across the verticals is first class,whilst the choice of exposure settings has flattened the sea beautifully.
Perfectly sharp throughout with gorgeous early morning colours.
A really nice photograph,bravo.
My best regards, Les.
ourania (46234) 2012-04-26 13:29
this is a brilliant composition a very beautiful sight which you had the good sense to seek, the great luck to see and fine art to capture. The wooden poles anchor the scene and give it perspective. I love the clear textures of the wet pebbles on the foreground gradually getting blurry and then vanishing under the silky textured water. The colours are fantastic, the play of pale pink, blue and purple is captivating. I love the chromatic and lighting variations on the horizon. An exquisite picture masterfully composed and lit, congratulations and thank you!
All the best,
paololg (31448) 2012-04-26 13:35
Ciao dear Brian,
again a masterpiece of photographic art in your gallery! The effort to wake up early in the morning have rewarded you with this beautiful sunrise, that you turned into a fantastic image. The sharpness, the lighting management, the valuable work in PP, everything is pleasantly perfect. Sincere compliments, dear friend, bravo!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!
mauro61 (52857) 2012-04-26 14:59
una delle tue più belle foto a mio parere dove tutto è perfetto dal POV, alla resa dell'acqua e all'atmosfera che avvolge la scena,
Cricri (120119) 2012-04-27 3:21
Tout est magnifique , l'instant choisi, la perspective des poteaux, la transparence de l'eau, de jolies couleurs pastels, un beau mariage du bleu et du rose, vraiment une image merveilleuse
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-04-27 4:14
The particular choice of parameters of the shot, creating a fine dramatic effect, very attractive. The foreground is superb. The light, colors, sharpness and depth are excellent. Bravo.
have a nice day
macjake (68432) 2012-04-28 8:36
my favorite areas are the lower fg where we can get a close up view of the silky smooth water flowing creepily around the small rocks!
beautiful all around colors!
serp2000 (44333) 2012-04-28 22:36
Great photowork! Impressive mystic fairy-tale scene. Are you early bird? Althoug this photo is worth to wake up early.
abmdsudi (54539) 2012-04-29 4:12
This image creates a beautifully tranquil atmosphere and love the effect you achieved in wonderful calm soft pastel tones. Silky smooth water with the stark fb as strong focal and is so appropriate and effective, beautifully composed. Really evocative and it's so cool shot my friend, Congrats, TFS
Noel_Byrne (31416) 2012-04-30 9:01
A capture like thsi is well worth the early start. The calm waters, and effects of long exposure on the stones, the colours in the sky and the rotting fence that leads the eye right in. Beautiful.
All the best
Sonata11 (33863) 2012-04-30 21:04
AWESOME SHOT !!!!! Stuningly beautiful. Great composition of fabulous nature. Wonderful and amazingly executed image. Marvellous shot. Thanks for sharing. PERFECTLY well done. Love it.
ChrisJ (114585) 2012-05-01 5:41
Fantastic lighting with nice reflections on the wet fg rocks & superb motion blur of the waves. A wonderful warm vs cold colour contrast between the pink sunset skies & blue water. One of your best! Tfs!
mesutilgim (95378) 2012-05-01 11:41
Another nice capture from this beautiful corner of Northernb Ireland.
Very good pov and layout.
Specially the bottompart with softcolored pebbles is a real "gem" !
TFS and best regards
agjika (3177) 2012-05-05 9:23
Totally gorgeous photo.Fantastic exposure and sharpness. the very low light has made this place magical.
Thanks for sharing
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-05-09 10:38
Lovely photo. I can feel your story,
I enjoy the tranquility that the picture
has and I enjoy from the quality...Goes
to my favorites.
marcan44 (6307) 2012-05-11 13:15
il sacrificio di svegliarsi così presto è stato premiato dalla bella immagine ottenuta.
Il tripode e il tempo di otturazione lungo hanno creato questo effetto setoso molto particolare.
Complimenti una immagine magnifica.
jemaflor (97979) 2012-05-12 9:23
Well managed with a good result with the choice of this time or the exposure, interesting effect for the water, good depth effect too.
claudeD (39217) 2012-05-16 2:56
wonderful early morning shot with excellent colors and composition.I like the sharpness all over the picture. A shot with much atmosphere.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
dawekato (2269) 2012-05-16 12:12
Worth losing sleep over, Brian. Such lovely light and simple composition. Love the sharpness on the pebbles in the foreground and soft mist. You're an artist.
emka (98706) 2012-05-17 15:24
Hi Brian, strange story but it ws worth not to gonto bed again but rather to drive to the sea shore. And no one was thee, what surprise :).
Fantastic shot, the composition, pastel colours, silky water all excelent. Marvelous view before sunrise.
Warm regards malgo
alpi1500 (1520) 2012-05-19 15:12
Very good sharpness.
Have a good sunday.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2012-05-20 3:28
Wow, breathtaking. Love the serene and tranquil waters especially those pastel tones and the milky waters. I never tried capturing sunrise images cause I'm too lazy to wake up! haha, but then again, your image just proved me something! Congratulations on this one, superb! Great work!
Didi (60588) 2012-07-30 10:36
Very great mysterious ambiance and very good lights management with a low speed.
Good deep foreground.
clic (17129) 2012-08-13 5:31
Thanks for this sweet moment of serenity expressed with much subtlety!
Quite spirited view indeed.
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2012-09-09 12:23
I love this one from your gallery and that's saying a lot amoungst all your gems. Perfect pretty lighting. Nice long exposure to make the water smoother. Rocks nicely in focus. Interest with the old part of a dyke drawing your eye outward. Ahhhhhh!
smash2707 (3320) 2013-09-19 19:52
Beautiful perspective, nice, soft colors for a peaceful composition. TFS
Alena_Zolotova (31) 2013-10-23 5:02
Good day Brian.
Immediately it is difficult to understand the fog or water surface!
Multi-colored stones ....
Almost completely destroyed the pier and the sea and the sky unreal colors!
Breathing stops when you look at it photo ...
- Copyright: brian mccready (brianmcc) (6219)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-18
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/14.0, 8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-25 9:57
- Favorites: 8 [view]