I am not an early morning kind of person! But I discovered that there is nothing quite so invigorating as getting up to watch the sunrise over the ocean followed by spending the next hour or so swimming, free of the crowds and without the extreme heat of the day. Whenever I go to Marathon, I think of the history associated with the place. Today it is so tranquil, it is hard to imagine the battle that raged there all those years ago.
A couple of days after this was taken we were on a flight back to the UK when we saw this from the window:
It might not be the most technically perfect photograph, but it was outstandingly, achingly beautiful to watch from the window of the plane. I started taking photographs on my iPhone, but quickly I grabbed my camera from the overhead locker. I was blown away by the richness of the colours and the brightness of the new moon.
So it is probably fitting that I start my return to the UK with a sunset, taken on an evening walk on Nomansland Common, which in itself has echoes of battles a century ago:
The sun was well on its way towards setting and as we turned, we saw it shining through the tree with long, long shadows, and the freshly mown common showing every bump in the shadows on the grass.
I don't often talk about how I took my photographs, but for those who are interested, this is a composite of five photographs to create a high dynamic range (the human eye can see a greater range from dark to bright than a camera sensor, so we have to artificially recreate that depth of range), and I also closed the aperture right down to get the maximum starburst effect from the sun. Of course when I opened the photographs up I saw that there were multiple starbursts, because the sun is broken up by the branches.
All three of these photographs are available to buy on my website, or else contact me directly. In any event, I would love to hear your feedback on my photographs!