Dawn of a new day

Dawn Begins Anew

Dawn Begins Anew

Dawn begins anew in this blue hour image created along the shores of Town Creek, just off of the Corrotoman River in Millenbeck, Virginia. Several days of rain had preceded my arrival and there was plenty of standing water along the shoulders of the roadways but as nature always does, she delivered a beautiful morning after the storms cleared the coastline.

Backyard Sunrise

As photographers we travel far and wide to create interesting images. Like many, I keep a listing of places to go and times to be there for optimal lighting conditions. But occasionally, we find something of interest in our own back yards. Having awakened early, pretty standard for me, I went outdoors and waited for the Sun to peek above the horizon. The sky was ablaze with orange and yellow colors which made for a classic morning.

Backyard Sunrise
Backyard Sunrise

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When you think about it, the most beautiful part of the day is missed by the majority of earth's inhabitants. While this start-of-the-day light show occurs, many are still sleeping. Perhaps that is one of the reasons mornings are so peaceful.  :-)

Single exposure image taken with a Nikon 70-300mm at 155mm, 1/500s, f5.6, ISO 200.

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Dawn of a New Day

The dawn of a new day, there is just something special, even mystical about this time. Having long been a fan of early morning photography, I have had my share of disappointments when it comes to shooting into the sun. Years ago there were the overblown flares and blown out skies that dominated the image, producing less than acceptable results. But being an experimental and creative type, I learned that the trick was all in the exposure. Exposing for the brighter portion of your image creates silhouettes in the darker portions and opens the door to numerous creative possibilities.

Dawn of a New Day
Dawn of a New Day

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Shot info: Nikon D5000 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6, lens set at 56mm, f/18, ISO 400.

In the image above the goal was to have a more dramatic and colorful sky, a bit of an edge of night foreground while the background transitions to a new day. Playing with exposure settings can provide a better understanding of light and interesting results.

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