Although I’m generally not a fan of early mornings (who even is?!), there’s something incredibly rewarding about getting up for sunrise. Although everyone can be there for sunset, you have to make an extra effort to be present for sunrise- particularly when it’s before 6 A.M! The rewarding sunrise at Chantilly was no exception to this rule…
The reward following putting in the extra to get up a couple of hours earlier soon became apparent when the sun hit the clouds, the sky turned golden and candy colours danced across the skyline.
Tiredness and cold hands were quickly forgotten, amidst the real life fairytale playing out in equally real time. The lake had turned into a giant shimmering mirror, the fantastic architecture of the castle becoming more and more apparent by the minute.
Chantilly is a cute little town located near Senlis in the Picardie region of France and is upposedly Chantilly is where Chantilly lace and cream come from (although no one has ever been able to properly verify this). The town also happens to be home to a castle of the same name- one of the most picturesque fairytale castles in France.
The Château itself was never actually home to royalty, but to cousins of the royal family. Today, the site comprises of a 16th Century building together with a 19th Century one. There is a whole load of things to see and do at and around Chantilly. From English gardens to the hamlet that inspired Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet at Versailles, it would be easy to spend a day getting entirely lost within the castle’s history!
Tips for photographing sunrise:
- Check the weather the night before: if you’ve got more than a day or two in a location, it may be worth waiting for small amounts of cloud covering. No cloud, and you’ll have a blueish sunrise. A little cloud covering, and you’re likely to get a full range of violet and mauve shades dancing across the sky.
- Be Patient: often the light gets better and better, the longer you wait.
- Burn some pixels: Unless you’ve been photographing since Nixon was president, it’s often hard to gauge when the sunrise colours are at their ‘peak’. The more photos you take, the more likely you’ll take the ‘perfect‘ shot.
- Bring some snacks and refreshments: sunrise is definitely better with sweets! (Plus a coffee is sure to ensure that you’re adequately awake for capturing your best shots!)
And finally, pin Sunrise at Chantilly!