Photography is all about light (or sometimes the lack of it). In Landscape Photography you must be prepared to revisit a location if the conditions are not ideal.
I have recently found this location in Haddenham and will revisit it time and time again as a sunrise is never the same twice. Believe it or not I am looking forward to the colder mornings where a mist will settle just above the the top of the water or a harsh frost will make the foliage glisten.
In Landscape Photography the best light is at either end of the day so if you want a sunrise you need to be up early. You need to be in place ideally an hour before the sunrise to give yourself enough time to set up. In the morning it will be in the dark so you will need to take a torch (preferably a head torch as it leaves your hands free). You should also wear warmer clothing and take a drink and some food as you may be standing around for sometime.
To capture this shot I had the camera mounted on a tripod as the shutter speed was about 6 seconds once a few Neutral Density Filters had been added to the lens to balance the exposure. Once you are set up it is just a question of waiting for the light. It is surprising how quickly the light changes over a 30 minute period so be prepared to take quite a few shots.
All of the techniques discussed here are featured in our Landscapes and Gardens course.