Winter Solstice Sunrise in Southsea - My annual celebration of light

December 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the winter blues, the loss of the warm summer light and having to adapt to long dark nights. For a few years now I have celebrated the winter solstice as an end to the short days and the start of brighter things to come. The winter solstice sunrise has become my annual celebration of light.

However, it is never easy as often at this time of year there is so much cloud cover the sun often doesn't appear to come up, let alone put his hat on. When I woke early on the 21st December all ready to capture sunrise I instead saw heavy cloud and big blobby rain drops. Having just worked a 13 hour day photographing a fantastic wedding the day before (more on that coming soon) I decided instead to get back to bed and catch up on sleep; but I wasn't giving up. I'd checked the forecast and saw it was bad all day, yet the next day looked good. Or was it?!

The next morning I had managed to get up and haul my ass down to the coast but I couldn't see too much. A fog was spread across Southsea common blocking the early light and muting the morning traffic. 

Foggy Southsea commonWinter Solstice Sunrise in Southsea 2016Foggy Southsea common Foggy Southsea commonWinter Solstice Sunrise in Southsea 2016Foggy Southsea common

Down on the beach it was even worse. The pre-dawn swimmers could barely be seen as they finished their early swim, the pea soup limiting visibility but enhancing atmosphere; South Parade Pier becoming endless, like the ongoing work to restore it.

Winter Solstice Southsea 2016Thick fog on Southsea seafront Winter Solstice Southsea 2016Thick fog on Southsea seafront

By the time the earliest of joggers had come out visibility had begun to slowly return and it wasn't long until the warm colours began to creep through. The sun hung there behind the last of the clouds for all too long. COME ON SUN! I had a coffee meeting at 9 and was urging it to break free.

Winter Solstice SouthseaAn early morning jogger and the fog slowly clearing over South Parade Pier Winter Solstice SouthseaAn early morning jogger and the fog slowly clearing over South Parade Pier

...and finally the sun breaks free!
At last, those bright warm colours, those deep blue winter skies, all that light; the first sunrise of the winter solstice some 25 hours late! Let the long nights dwindle and the lingering evenings begin.

My annual celebration of light for winter solstice 2016Winter Solstice Sunrise Southsea 2016My annual celebration of light for winter solstice 2016 Thank you for following my mini adventure. As for the longer brighter days; don't hold your breath, it is a slow old process. Until around the 6th January the mornings continue to get darker but the evenings a little lighter, if only by a minute or two. The length of the day changes in an elliptical pattern, if you can imagine it that way, it works for my visual mind! Hold out though, your hope has paid off, the dark days are over and the best bright vibrant days are just beginning to make their way back.

Equipment used... 
Cameras: Sony A7Rii, Sony A7ii
Lenses: Sony 28/2, Zeiss batis 85/1.8, Canon L 17-40/4
Others: Lee Filters, Peakdesign strap and capturePro, VW Van, an old snowboarding jacket and the ever faithful travel mug of TickTock Rooibos tea.

Thank you for joining me for my annual Winter Solstice celebration.  Clicking any photo will take you to this gallery where you can view them all, plus one extra.

Wishing you a happy Christmas and a bright vibrant new year.
The next post will be a few photos to give a quick glimpse into the brilliant winter wedding I mentioned at the start, looking forward to sharing it with you.

 

THANKYOU!

Adam de-Ste-Croix
Sainte Croix Photography

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