OK, there's four or five days to go to the winter solstice but at 130 degrees from Dublin according to the Photographer's Ephemeris, this morning's sunrise was within 0.2 of a degree - or a near as makes no difference! - of its southernmost point. From 16 to 27 December, the southwards progression of the dawn along the horizon that has been underway since late June comes to a stand still or "solstitium" as the Romans put it. After that, it will be only a few weeks to "a grand stretch in the evening"!
I went out early to Dalkey Hill to get a shot of the full moon setting over Dublin but cloud rolling in from the west kyboshed Plan A - but Plan B wasn't too bad :-). The exposure was 1/640th of a second at f5.6 and and ISO 200 using a Canon 100-400mm lens at 400mm, handheld. The main edit in Lightroom was an approximately 30% crop to make the sun even bigger in the frame.
Keywords: Dalkey Hill, Dublin, John Coveney, cloud, dawn, golden, seascape, solstice, sunrise, www.johncoveney.ie
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