How to make the most of early morning sunlight ...

CLIVE NICHOLS, AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER:

"For those people who like their bed, getting up in what is effectively the middle of the night to catch the dawn light is not an attractive proposition. In the summer months this means getting out, travelling to a public garden and being in position to shoot before the sun rises at around 4.30 am. However, sometimes you just have to suffer for your art. Those who have never photographed at this time of day don’t know what they are missing.

"My dedication to getting the best possible garden shots means that I’m prepared to set my alarm clock regularly at an unearthly hour, or sometimes not even go to bed at all. This is because the early morning is my favourite time to take garden pictures. The quality of light at that time of day often gives a unique and almost magical atmosphere, as well as a sense of drama to a garden."

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