The shot was taken in July 2007 at Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, at just after half five in the morning (ouch!). I had arrived the night before and hadn’t had time to check the tide times so I was initially disappointed to see the tide right in when I got to the beach. I decided to set up my tripod on the sea front steps at water level to see what I could get. The sun was already up so I had missed the actual sunrise itself (making a mental note to set the alarm that little bit earlier!). I put a polarising filter on the lens to saturate the blue sky which was just visible through the nicely contrasting white clouds. I then added a 0.8 ND Grad filter to balance the contrast between the sky and sea. The sun was just catching the clouds at the back so I had to be careful not to blow out the highlights. I tried to time the waves so they were just on the way in to get some movement in the water, between getting a shoe full of water each time!
This image is about half way through a series taken over about an hour and a half. I finished the shoot at about half six, a little colder, a little damper but back in the warm in time for coffee and toast and satisfied that I had managed to get something worthwhile from what started off looking like I could have drawn a blank.