Ouse Valley Viaduct 10 August 2014

A few weeks ago I got up well before dawn (which, when you live this far north, makes it hardly worth going to sleep in the first place) and drove to West Sussex to shoot the sun coming up through the Ouse Valley Viaduct.

According to my calculations, the sun should’ve come up very nearly perpendicular to the bridge, casting lovely shadows through the valley. Naturally, despite being warm and clear all week, dawn showed up with a heavy low cloud cover and gentle light rain that was clearly stolen from a Seattle winter. Absolutely no dramatic lighting whatsoever; just an even grey softbox the size of a planet. I grabbed some shots to put some HDR together; I’d invested all this time and effort into getting there and I wasn’t about to turn around without any photos.

As I was walking back to the car, there was a sudden sunbreak. In an instant I had my tripod down, my camera mounted and was able to shoot The Most Twee English Morning Ever.

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