THE EARLY MORNING SHOOT
The Early Morning shoot
The alarm clock buzzes, you eye open your eyes and all you can see is your alarm clock and it’s only 4:45Am. After a few moments, your groggy mind remembers why you set your alarm in the first place. You groan, and after another minute, roll out of bed.
You take a quick peek out the window, and it’s still dark, but it won’t be for long. You quickly dress in multiple layers, pulling out a pair of fingerless gloves and beanie cap. You pack a breakfast bar and thermos full of coffee. Then you double-check your equipment list:
- Camera [no Brainer]. Check.
- Wide Angle lens. Check.
- Tripod and quick release [a necessity]. Check.
- Shutter release [makes for clear pictures]. Check.
- Cleared cards [to take as many as you can]. Check.
- Chair (we are talking time exposure people)
Shutter Speed (TV) = 20 seconds
The early morning light is soft and diffused, so you need a longer shutter speed to let in more light, otherwise your picture will be underexposed.
ISO = 100
With a long shutter speed, you don’t need your sensor to be more sensitive to the light. And with a low ISO, you have a higher dynamic range for stronger intensity of colour.
White balance = Shade
Morning light is cooler in colour tones. You know that you can correct this with your white balance, so you shoot on shade so the sunrise feels golden and warm.
You start shooting into the sunrise, pressing the shutter every 30 seconds or so after evaluating your image. The colours begin to intensify. You like what you are getting, but soon, the sun has crested the hill on the horizon, and you stop. There has got to be something better to shoot.
You turn and look around, your breath catching in your throat. The sun is lighting the surrounding hills perfectly, and the fog is illuminated by the intense highlights. Quickly, you adjust your shutter speed and fire off a few shots. In just a few moments, you stare at your LCD screen. A smile spreads across your face. Got it.
Satisfied with the results of your sunrise shoot, you head back home. After a mid morning nap, (for those that don’t have kids) you take the time to upload your pictures. Just as you hoped, that last shot fulfills all your expectations.
Loss of sleep + an early morning in the cold + 40-minute drive. = very tired
Worth it? ……….HECK YEA……