Sunrise upon the Rocks – Howth, Dublin, Ireland

The early morning sun casts an amazing soft and warm light on the rocks in the foreground and cliffs behind at Howth in Dublin , Ireland.

Mad! At least that’s what my wife calls me. A 3am rise and 45 minute drive brought me to Howth Summit again, after my visit in January. I knew this was a spot worth visiting again and it didn’t let down.

This image was captured at a small inlet beneath the lighthouse and was a bit of a track down some very narrow and broken steps that were encroached upon by heavy undergrowth. Nevertheless I made it down with enough time the spare before the 5.08am sunrise to figure out a few possible locations for setting up my Tripod.

This image was captured about 20 minutes after the sun rose above the horizon. The Sun is behind my left ear and is casting this amazing soft and warm light on the rocks in the foreground and cliffs behind.

I used a 2 and a 3 stop filter along with an aperture of f/16 and ISO @ 50 to produce a 60 second exposure which helped to create that ethereal feel in the sea and the sense of movement in the sky. I also used a polarizer to reduce the reflections from the wet rocks.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure: 60 secs
Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 20mm
ISO Speed: 50

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