I woke up at 5:30 with the sun rising at 6:30. I grabbed my bag and tripod and started to walk down the beach as the horizon started to lighten. I probably should have gone out a little earlier, but I rushed down the beach and got there in time.
I had picked a fantastic day to go out. There were wisps of clouds, and I knew they would pick up the color nicely. I started shooting as light started to appear on the horizon. I was a little far from the pier and slowly moved closer as I took pictures. I was loving the fact that I was getting sunset on the left side of the frame, and still had stars on the right.
After a few shots I noticed I was getting to much pier and not enough sky. I ran back down the beach to get my favorite shot (Main Article Picture). I was using a Graduated Neutral Density filter which help balance the sky with the beach. The sky was fantastic, so I kept shooting at different focal lengths and angles.
When I review the pictures, the foreground really doesn’t have anywhere close to the focus I would have liked. I don’t have the ability to do Hyperfocal distance (I’ll write up about it later) on my kit lens since it doesn’t have a way of telling me how far I am focusing. I sort of guessed, but as you can see, the results really aren’t great. It is a beautiful image, I just wish it was more in focus in the foreground.
I was pretty happy with my tripod. It really allowed me to take the camera close to the ground, giving me better angles than I was able to achieve with my old one. This seems to be a big part of improving my composition. The usual eye level shots are great, but not for all images.
I moved to the other side of the pier, trying to get some more good pictures. Once the sun came up, it really gave a great blue cast over everything it was a great soft light that led to this picture.
All in all it was a great shoot, and probably one of my favorites. It was nice and relaxing and the weather was perfect. It was truly a successful shoot.
A Few Comments from the Shoot:
- Make sure the foreground is in focus.
- Sunrise has much more brilliant color than sunset, at least in this shoot.
- Use your tripod to bring the camera down close to the ground to get new angles.
- Earlier the better. Give yourself time to set up.
- Sun is great through-out the sunrise.
- Stay around a little afterwards.