Pictures of Beautiful Sunrises and More!Dawn photography, in fact, can be a spectacular wake-up call. After all, there's nothing quite so satisfying as starting out the day with some beautiful images!
Among the benefits of getting up and getting out first thing in the morning:
- The wonderful light of "daybreak" - that otherworldly interval between darkness and daylight. Expect scenes of soft light and pastel tones, skies of deep blue or purple, and, at times, downright surreal colors.
- The potentially brilliant sky of sunrise. Shooting tip: For the best exposure, take a meter reading off a middle-tone area of the sky - not the brightest, not the darkest spot - lock in those settings, re-compose your photo, and fire away.
- With the low-angled sun, expect great opportunities for capturing strong graphic-design elements: i.e., silhouettes and shadows.
- There's still more: early-morning freshness, few people walking into your scene, and plenty of parking (a particular delight if you're in a tourist area). Plus, there are increased chances for water reflections and, depending on the time of year, moody fog.
Plan to Get Up In the Dark to Catch those Pictures of Beautiful Sunrises!Many daybreak sessions actually begin the day before - with a search for potential subjects. Midday scouting sessions involve previsualization - imagining what a scene might look like in the fine light of dawn.
Of course, it's easier to prepare for sunset, because you can arrive in daylight and then track the sun's progress. It's another story for first-light-of-day sessions, when you must get there early enough to check your surroundings and set up your gear in order to catch the beginning of daybreak. Yes, this means arriving on the scene when it's still dark.
The equipment part of the process should take place the night before, when you pack your gear for the morning shoot. Sure, you can do it in the morning ... but, believe me, it's verrrry easy to leave behind a key piece of gear when you're still half-asleep.
About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager