Week 41. 29 minutes before sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 41 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I was hoping for some sun and blue skies after the sunrise to get some shots of the autumn colour. It clouded over more after this shot was taken. I didn’t realise that the sun had risen until I checked the time.

This shot was taken 29 minutes before sunrise and is a 60 second exposure to soften the water. I used a neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure and a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and water.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

Light beam on hillside.

A telephoto landscape from the archives. Taken in the autumn of 1985 which makes me realise just how long I have been using long telephoto lenses to isolate sections of the landscape.

I was photographing storm clouds over Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland in the evening. I noticed that a light beam from the low sun was illuminating a section of a hillside and quickly swapped to my 300mm for this shot.

Sunset light beam.

Clouds and ripples in monochrome.

Monochrome Monday is going back to the weekend. I headed down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise on Sunday morning. With heavy cloud covering the area I decided to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome.

This is a view of the bay and the Niagara Escarpment 17 minutes before sunrise. In the foreground is a row of old wood piles sticking out of the water.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

Week 39. Clouds over the mouth of the bay.

Saturday morning of week 39 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay well before sunrise. This shot of layers of cloud over the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay was taken 27 minutes before sunrise.

This is looking north north east so the sun is due to come up quite a way to the east. It shows the Niagara Escarpment on both sides of the bay with White Cloud Island on the horizon right of centre. I used a short exposure as I didn’t want to blur the clouds.

Clouds over Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

Yellow flowers at sunrise.

Saturday morning of week 38 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay at dawn. There was thick cloud over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

When the rising sun started illuminating the clouds I noticed a small group of Yellow flowers on the shoreline so framed a shot to include them. I used a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and foreground.

Yellow flowers at sunrise.

Early on Sunday morning of week 38.

I was up early on Sunday morning to drive around to the opposite side of Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. In part because it provides different views and in part because one of my regular locations has no access while the dock is being repaired.

Luckily I remembered to take a torch (flashlight) to follow the path down to the shoreline as I got there 35 minutes before sunrise. I then managed to drop one of my neutral density filters on the shoreline and needed it again to find the filter in the dark.

The photo is looking north-east out of the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay where there are three islands. In the photo part of White Cloud Island is on the left side of the frame with part of Griffith Island behind in the center of the frame.

Dawn on Colpoy's Bay.