Photo walk around southsea seafront

My flat is only a 10 minute walk away from the picturesque seafront at Southsea so it's an obvious choice for an early morning stroll with my camera. On this particular morning I met with my friend Mike to shoot the golden hour - which as you may have gathered already is my favourite time of day. 

We started by South parade pier and started taking photos of the prom. The light was amazing, a lovely golden glow was bathing the area and Mike and I both got some nice images.

There's always interesting compositions to be found on a morning like this, and as usual Southsea didn't disappoint. I've taken similar photos before, but I was trying to really get across the warmth and brightness of this lovely dawn.

You never know what you'll come across sometimes and Mike and I happened across a discarded bunch of flowers by the pyramids centre. It struck me as a little sad to see these once beautiful flowers being discarded and I wanted to photograph it in a way that conveyed that feeling. 

The sun was rising by this point and the morning was rapidly becoming a beautiful one so I turned my attention to the sea. There was no point in doing long exposures with the sea being so calm and the winds so light.  A few boats were chugging around and a little sail boat was gracefully travelling through the scene, so I decided to take photo's of them.

After a brief sit down to contemplate the morning and have a quick review of the shoot so far Mike and I walked further down the coast in the direction of Clarence Pier. I've no idea why, but I'm finding empty benches fascinating at the moment. They always catch my eye and I try to photograph them in a artistic fashion. I've tried the following composition a few times but this is one of the few times the elements came together for this shot to work.

By this time I was ready for a coffee so Mike and I headed towards "The Coffee Cup" at Clarence Pier. Before we reached our caffeine stop, I noticed the birds sitting on top of the Southsea Rowing club and I really wanted to get a photograph of it. With Mike watching out for traffic I had to stand in the middle of the road to get the shot I wanted (I was using my Canon 24-105mm lens) and I think I got a nice image.

All in all, it was a lovely morning and I'm lucky to live so close to such a picturesque area. It's always worth getting up early to take photographs, Light is everything!