Botany Bay Sunrise

Well, it’s finally the weekend so it must be time for another trip out and another post.

We were up at 6.00am this morning as we wanted to capture a sunrise and had decided on Botany Bay in Cliftonville for a change as there are some great chalk cliffs and stacks there to add some interest.

Unfortunately it was pretty overcast this morning, but we were up so we thought we might as well go for it and see what we could get. I also wanted to test out my new lens – I finally succumbed and bought an ultra-wide angle lens – the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM. Jon already has this lens and loves it, so I thought I would take the plunge.

Jon had decided to test out his Canon EF 80-200 f/2.8 L, know as the magic drainpipe which he talked about in our last post. Unfortunately he had some issues with it not talking to the 6D body properly – it kept locking up the camera and he had to remove the battery to get it to restart. Looks like the lens has reached the end of the road. I wonder if Jon will go for a more recent model, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 – I have just part exchanged my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L for a 70-200 which will be with me on Monday! Cannot wait! 🙂

Anyway, it was a bit grim at Botany Bay, very chilly and windy and lots of thick cloud but as we were there we went ahead and set up to see what we could get. I have to say I am very impressed with the 16-35mm and despite the weather got a few shots.

We will be back again another day until we get the perfect sunrise. Gotta keep on trying.

While we were there we met a very nice gentleman walking his dog – a fellow photography enthusiast, 82 years young. Had a great chat with him about all things photography. I love the fact that having this hobby means you meet some really interesting and friendly people. Just adds to the enjoyment.

Anyway, we are going to try and get out and about again tomorrow, so hopefully Jon will have something to post about next!

Until then…


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