20th October 2012

Bamburgh revisited

 

Since visiting Northumberland with my friend and fellow photographer Alan Cameron last October, I have been longing to return to capture some more of the stunning images that this wonderful part of Britain has to offer. Bamburgh was my destination, although on the way down I visited the Holy Island which is a truly magical place for photographers, I spent three hours (seemed like twenty minutes) capturing images from the harbour at Lindesfarne with its boathouses and old wrecks, as well as the many shots to be had around the imposing Castle. Sadly, although I really wanted to stay longer I had to leave to get back across the causeway to the mainland before the tide cut me off.

And so to Bamburgh... a dull and cloudy evening meant it looked like my chances of something magical at sunset were slim, the sun did afford me some soft evening light for around fifteen minutes before dissapearing for the night, so I took the chance to shoot the imposing castle from the surrounding dunes with the Marram grasses looking splendid in the golden light.

Next morning I was up at 6am for the real reason I have so wanted to return to Bamburgh, the sunrise. At this time of year the sun rises between the castle and the Farne Islands and after the light show Alan and I saw last year I was hoping for some more magic. When I arrived at the beach it was still very dark, the castle was covered in a light sea mist, the sky was black and it was even threatening to rain. I prayed for the conditions to change, and waited around on the beach in the hope that everything would come together. My prayers were answered just before the sunrise the mist cleared, the clouds broke just enough to let the morning light sneak through and I was rewarded for my patience. I would photograph on this beach everyday given the chance as it is an outstandingly beautiful area and hopefully I can return again soon.

Below are two of my images from Bamburgh taken just before and just after sunrise on 20th October 2012, although I captured around 600 images on my trip, these two images alone made the journey (and the early rise) worth it. I have named them 'Morning Aurora' and 'God is an artist'.

 

Morning AuroraGod is an artist