Hengistbury Sunrise


Summer can be quite a dry period for photography in Dorset; between the sun’s slightly awkward position and lots of people out enjoying the beautiful county, a lot of shots just aren’t possible. This is a good time of year to do some serious trekking and find new locations, and I had this shot lined up for months, just waiting for the sun to keep moving south into the right position.

Come mid-October and with the sun now in exactly the right place (where it would only be for a week or two), I was chomping at the bit to get out and grab a sunrise shot of this very photographic winding path which leads all the way up to Hengistbury Head.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable session as I got back into the swing of leaving my warm bed at the crack of dawn. I’ve heard about momentary explosions of light – here one minute and gone literally the next – but I’ve never actually witnessed one for myself until what was already a pretty decent sky erupted into vivid pinks, purples and oranges.

Cue one over-excited lone photographer stood on pathway performing a rather interesting victory dance.

Part of the Hengistbury Head, Mudeford and Barton collection.

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