Rather like buses, you wait forever for a Chillbrook Sunset and then a whole bunch of them come along at once. Well, I couldn’t ignore that here in the northern hemisphere we had our longest day yesterday. Always a bittersweet moment but one I thought I’d record this year. So, yesterday evening I decided to head out to Bedruthan Steps, on the north coast of Cornwall, to record the sun going down on the summer solstice.
A solstice occurs when the sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. During the June solstice it reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.5 degrees. This happened at 11.51 AM BST (British Summer Time, one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time).
Sunset was at 9.34 PM, according to Google for my location, so I set off at about 8.30 to see what I would see. I wasn’t disappointed. Armed with a 14-24mm lens, a Lee SW150 filter holder and a Lee 150-170mm .6 ND Grad I was all set. At 14mm, I was able to frame the setting sun and the magnificent Bedruthan Steps, reflecting the dying rays of the sun.
Click on any of the images for a clearer, sharper view. :-)