Each moment is preciously uniquePosted: December 10, 2012
The photo I’m sharing today was taken about 30 minutes after this one.
Waiting to see what develops can be hugely beneficial for your photography – read on below the image….
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If you compare my last post to this one, you’ll notice some similarities and some differences.
What’s the same?
The large rock on the right is a key part of the frame in both images. This huge rock begged to be a major aspect of my composition during this sunrise on March 25, 2012. The direction is generally the same – as I wanted to shoot into the sun. I had to use a tripod because of the long shutter speeds (which I wanted to add movement to the clouds). That’s where the similarities end.
What’s so different?
So much that it is hard to know where to start! The biggest difference is time. The 40 minutes between capturing the two photos results in the following:
- Out of the blue – In the first photo, the sun is still far enough below the horizon that I got a bit of the “blue hour” effect in the sky. In this photo the light is brighter and washes out the blue colour. Of course the colour blue adds a different feel to the photo.
- Vibrant reds – the first colours during sunrise can be different than those that show up later. In this case, it started with pastels of pink and yellow and then turned into the bright orange and reds seen above.
- Ambient is key – As the sun rises, the quantity of ambient light increases. This means I have to use a smaller aperture (f11 vs f5.6) to keep my exposure time high. It also meant that my headlamp couldn’t provide enough additional light to be useful in light painting. In this case I had to bring up the shadows in post processing.
- Look to the sky – My all time favourite “difference” lies in the clouds. I generally get excited when I see clouds in the sky when I’m shooting. A wisp will do, but the more the merrier I usually say! Take any iconic location on a blue bird day and you have a ingredients for an average photo. That’s not to say you can’t make a great meal when the sky is blue, but it takes an excellent chef to make something innovative. Clouds on the other hand are ingredients that are in constant flux and therefore provide an infinite variety of exquisite meals. I could go on and on about this, but I don’t want to overdo this metaphor!
Wait and watch. Think you got the best shot? Perhaps waiting an extra 30 minutes to an hour things will develop into something completely different – maybe even better. So have a bit of patience and see where it takes you.