At Sunrise - Day 3
Day 3 of the 29-day photo challenge is "At Sunrise," inviting you to capture morning as the world around you awakens. This is your chance to make a portfolio-quality photo of those first golden rays, highlighting the peaceful atmosphere at dawn.
First, scout the scene the night before. Spend the evening finding locations where the morning light fits beautifully with the landscape. Study reflective water bodies, interesting silhouettes, and places where the town's features are gently awakened by the sunrise.
Make sure you know when the sun greets your town. There are many apps and websites that can be your best friend here, giving not just the time but also the direction of the sunrise. Getting into the proper position is everything!
A small warning is that the sun’s rising point may not exactly match what the app says it should be. Also, the sun doesn’t rise in a straight line over your head unless you’re on the equator. It will rise at an angle and you will need to move to keep it in the proper spot in your composition.
Beat the sun to the location. Arriving 30 to 60 minutes early can make all the difference. Use this time to experiment with compositions and settings. Make a few test exposures using different settings. Find the ones that best capture the stillness of the morning.
Focus on the stillness, the serenity. You want to convey the tranquility of the scene as it rises from slumber. Look for scenes that are minimally disturbed by human presence, allowing the viewer to feel the quiet of the morning. However, include people when they are experiencing that stillness, that serenity.
Soft morning light is a great palette. Use it to paint your scene in warm hues and gentle shadows. Change your perspective. You should have seen varying viewpoints when you first arrived but now that the sun is risen things may look different.
When you’re finished, after editing and you’re sitting in the coffee shop with a latte and cinnamon roll, think of the technical skills, creative insights, and personal growth you used to make these sunrise photos. Of the new techniques you’ve learned and the great photos you’ve made early in the morning.
This challenge is more than just capturing images; it's about connecting with the world around us, appreciating the beauty in the quiet moments, and sharing those scenes. Embrace the calm, the light, and the serenity of the dawn.
Now you’ve got the rest of the day for more photos.
PhotoCamp Daily is always free! But you can pledge support at any time.