This was, without a doubt, the best sunrise I’ve ever seen. It literally took my breath away.

In fact, I found myself stood next to my camera with both hands covering my mouth, in that classic stance you find yourself in when you’re totally overwhelmed by something. It was incredible, and I was extremely lucky to grab it.

Only ten minutes earlier, I’d been set up shooting something completely different in another spot before finally admitting that it just wasn’t working for me, despite the increasingly beautiful sunrise.

Gutted that I’d made a mess out of such an incredible morning, I packed up and walked despondently towards the sun and round the corner of Hengistbury Head, revealing not only the full extent of this incredible sunrise, but all the perfect ingredients for a great seascape. I’m no stranger to this spot; in fact I’ve shot here before, but never in these sorts of conditions or with my camera pointing in this direction up the beach.

Knowing that this sort of light display can disappear in seconds, the ensuing few minutes was a blur of tripods and filters as I managed to choose the spot, set up and grab the shot, before being able to stand and watch in awe as the sun rose out of the sea and bathed the entire beach in the beautiful golden light of a brand new sun.

Needless to say one of my favourite sessions ever, and an unforgettable morning.

Part of the Hengistbury Head, Mudeford and Barton collection.

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