A gorgeous spring sunrise in Brighton, East Sussex

Every now and then, Nick and I get the urge to do something a bit crazy, which, for us, invariably involves an early morning – something neither of us are huge fans of, and on this occasion was to involve a Spring sunrise.

To mark the start of Spring and a rare free day on a weekend, we got to thinking late last week that we should really do something. With photography being ‘jobs’ for us, it’s important to remember that firstly it is a love and passion, so when we aren’t shooting weddings or portraits, we still crave a ‘camera fix’ and like to continually learn and practice new techniques.

We narrowed our choice of location down to a couple of different places and just had to decide whether we wanted to head inland to Surrey, or down to the coast. I am a huge fan of the beach and quite fancied heading down to Brighton and once Nick had found out that there was a Spring tide on Saturday morning, we were sold.

We spent some time researching styles of photography and seeing what other people had captured and settled on heading to the fire damaged West Pier. With the extra low tide, we were going to be able to get out really close to the remains of this beautiful structure. The downside was that low tide was happening at 5:30am, which meant a 4am alarm call!

So, all packed up with equipment, filters and tripods, I keenly waited outside my house at 4:30am for my ride. Nick picked me up and both of us commented on how nice it was that going out to take photos at that time of the morning did give us the same kind of excited feeling that you get when you go on holiday! Sad, us?!

Brighton Beach Photography

We got into Brighton a little after 5am and after being flagged down by a couple of revellers who had mistaken us for a taxi, we parked up and went for a scout around. It was hard to see the sea as it was still dark, but a quick look down on the beach showed us that we had picked a great spot, so we set to getting our stuff out the car and setting up.

Brighton Beach Photography

 

Brighton Beach Photography

Brighton Beach Photography

We spent a couple of hours down there, each doing our own thing and came away really happy. We experienced a super low tide and a beautiful sunrise, conditions were perfect! We packed up around 8am feeling rather smug that we’d accomplished so much for such an early hour, with a strict talking to ourselves on how we should maybe think about a sunset next time around!

Here’s a selection of my images, if you like what you see and would be interested in purchasing a limited edition print (£45), please email lucy@candyflossandbowties.com

Spring Sunrise

Spring Sunrise

Spring Sunrise

Spring Sunrise

Spring Sunrise

Spring Sunrise

Brighton Beach Photography