daybreak

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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Daybreak

A quick post and run today. After a stormy night with lights flickering on several occasions, I find this image to be quite fitting. This image was captured in 2011 after a night of storms while spending a weekend on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Heading out to the Chesapeake Bay from the Slaughter Creek Marina this scene of a clearing sky drew my attention.

Daybreak
Daybreak

A black and white conversion, which strikes a different mood in my view, is below.

Daybreak - B&W
Daybreak - B&W

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Daybreak on The Strip

Today we head back out to the desert city of Las Vegas where I shot the image below at daybreak. I had walked across the elevated crosswalk between the MGM Grand and New York New York, stopping to await the traffic that was sitting at a red light a block or so away. It had been some time since I had captured any light trails so this was the perfect opportunity to do so. By the way, this vantage point is just above the Firefighter II image posted previously.

Daybreak on The Strip
Daybreak on The Strip

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This is a single long exposure image (RAW) processed completely in LR4 with it's versatile array of sliders. I was quite happy with this result, particularly when you see the original shot (below).

DSC_0171 - RAW
DSC_0171 - RAW

The long exposure had blown out some of the lighting and made things a bit fuzzy overall but LR4 is a really powerful tool for working with RAW files, allowing one to recover a great deal of information. The final settings were saved as a preset for future use. Presets are great time savers, although each image is different, but they can get you closer than starting from scratch.

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