Morecambe At Sunrise

Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 31st, 2010 in Photos, Shoot.

Towards The Midland Hotel

I’ve just come back from Technique|NorthWest, a digital training camp where I ran the PHP workshop. (You can read more about that over on my PHP blog). Staying at the captivating Midland Hotel, I was able to get out at sunrise on the Saturday to explore the seafront with my new Canon IXUS 200 IS.

Thoughts On The Day

I hadn’t actually planned on doing any photography, but one look out of my hotel window at the snow-capped mountains on the other side of the bay convinced me otherwise. But brrrr, it was cold outside!

It must be almost 30 years since I was last up here, and other than playing cricket on the beach at Grange-over-Sands, I don’t remember anything at all about the place. I had about an hour before it was time to get my game face on for the day’s training event, which gave me just long enough to wander out from the Midland Hotel to the lighthouse at the end of the pier, and then south along the promenade for a short distance.

I didn’t have my Nikon D200 with me, but thankfully the Canon IXUS 200 IS I recently got for my birthday was in my pocket.

Btw, the Midland Hotel where we stayed for Technique|NorthWest is an amazing art deco construction from the 1930’s. I hope to go back in the summer with my Nikon to do it justice.

Favourite Photo From The Shoot


I just love this shot of the boat sat on the mud flats of Morecambe Bay, with the snow-capped mountains of the Lake District opposite. The rising winter sun really brought out the yellow of the boat, and it contrasts nicely with the watery blue reflecting the sky above.

I think it’s a great example of what the Canon IXUS 200 IS is capable of.

The Photos

Here are the best photos from the shoot. Click each photo to see it up on Flickr.

The View From My Hotel Room

Three Cormorants

The Boat

Bird Sculpture

North Along Morecambe Bay

Snow-Capped Mountains

The End Of The Pier

The Channel In The Mud

The Lighthouse



The Lighthouse

Towards The Midland Hotel

Post Production

Grrr. More photos from the Canon IXUS 200 IS that are out of focus. Still needs more investigation, but I’m coming to the conclusion that this particular model (or maybe just my particular camera) simply can’t focus on anything beyond the middle distance. Even setting the camera to focus on infinity doesn’t seem to help.

But I am very impressed with the colours captured by this camera. All I’ve had to do in post is sharpen and crop to taste. No colour editing at all.

Closing Thoughts

This is exactly one of the scenarios I have a pocket camera for – to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity. I’m still learning how to get the best out of my new Canon IXUS 200 IS, but focusing problems aside, it’s proving to be a great camera to take everywhere with me.


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