Snapper delight! Stunning scarlet sky after a UK earthquake

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Red sky at night really was one photographer’s delight when he captured these stunning photographs of rough seas in the aftermath of a UK earthquake.

Amateur snapper Andi Blake shot these incredible photographs of the crimson sky over North Bay in Scarborough on Tuesday (Jan 3) at 8:15am.

Earlier the same morning, the North Yorkshire town had been hit by a coastal earthquake which measured 3.8 on the Richter scale and sent huge waves crashing onto the shore.

Painter and decorator Andi, 44, was advised to start taking pictures 10 years ago as a way of dealing with the struggles of looking after his disabled daughter – but his escape soon became his passion.

The dad-of-two, who lives in Scarborough said: “After the earthquake the sea was absolutely bonkers, I almost got swept out to sea by the waves just getting my pictures.

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“When I see mornings like that unfolding from darkness to colours I appreciate my daughter and thank her for giving me this escape to witness this. The earthquake we had here was the biggest one to hit Scarborough for a decade.

“I have a disabled daughter and 10 year ago was told I needed to take up a hobby as an escape from caring for her.

“I took up fishing first but that meant keeping still and not talking which isn’t for me, so I swapped the fishing rod for a camera and I’ve never looked back since.”

Andy visits the same Scarborough beaches every morning before work, but said he still manages to find something new to snap each day.

And he said he rarely retouches his stunning shots, which often feature props such as a chair, an umbrella and a lobster pot.

But the keen amateur said amazingly he manages to take beautiful photographs despite having barely any knowledge of cameras.

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Andi said: “Every morning before work I go down to one of Scarborough’s bays to take a few hundred photographs before work.

“I’ve got a chair, an umbrella and a lobster pot and other things I find to make sure the pictures don’t get repetitive. Anyone can take a photograph but as soon as you start adding things to it, it becomes art.

“Quite often I have a title for a photograph before I even take it. I’ve been doing this for 10 years so I know you can’t just turn up, you have to have a plan of what you are going to do.

“I very rarely touch up any of my photographs, they’re almost always completely natural. I will never put things in my pictures that aren’t already there.

“I don’t know much at all about cameras, I think all of that technical knowledge just gets in the way of people’s vision.”

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