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I absolutely love the sun. I really really do. I think i might be a hairs breath away from having a little sprinkling of SAD. You know when the sunshine changes your mood so much. It literally lifts me being in the sun, feeling its warmth and seeing the colours it causes to jump around the landscape. One thing that i noticed spending a week in the countryside surrounded by hills and open spaces was just how amazing the sun looks in an uninterrupted landscape with no light pollution. I was taken away by the beauty in each sunrise and sunset. It was sensational. So much so that i tried on several times to just capture it as perfectly as i could. I used a tripod a lot of the time and set my camera up way before the sun started to appear on the horizon.  I was amazed actually how quickly it rises once it appears it is up and shining strong above the horizon within about 10 minutes so i wanted to make the most of the light that it afforded.

I set my white balance manually, so that i could get the truest colour rendition directly in camera. Then i set my camera manually because i really wanted to control the amount of light that was hitting the sensor. So for those who like the details. I set my aperture or F stop to around f18 (remember the sunny 16 rule!), i used a long lens and a shutter of about 1/160 if i was hand holding. My ISO was 125 and i had set my white balance to custom. I have intentionally not edited these shots in post processing. So that the pureness of what the camera has captured can be seen. The only thing i did do was clone out a few dirt spots which were obviously on my lens..tsk..very naughty!


here you go..

the sun….

she rises!



  1. March 18, 2014 / 10:56 am

    Oh wow Sarah I absolutely love these – all of them. The colour is incredible. Was so tempted to scroll down and have a sneaky peek before reading your words but I didn’t! I must teach myself more of the technical aspects of photography. I’m self taught but I really need to know rather than just going with what I see.

    I hope you had the best time away, it sounds like such a tranquil place and sunshine definitely makes for a more positive outlook. Such a wonderful post Sarah, thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

    Will share later 🙂
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  2. March 19, 2014 / 10:24 am

    Lovely photos. I really must learn how to use my camera properly. I always use auto focus
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  3. Victoria Welton
    March 19, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    What really beautiful photos. You are so right – the sun really does change everything 🙂 Thank you for linking to Magic Moments x

  4. Kel Brett
    March 20, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    They are really beautiful photos, I love the colours

  5. March 21, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    Beautiful! Love the first one with the blues in it. Now what’s the sunny f16 rule?
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  6. Emily Foran
    March 25, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    I’ve seen some fabulous sunsets recently but do my best to avoid sunrise 😉 xx

  7. March 28, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    I absolutely agree with you about the warmth of the sun – I am longing for it right now. These photos are stunning. I need you to teach me how to use my new camera. Please! x
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