Photography at Sunrise, Is It Worth It?

Sunrise photos at lake, early morning on the lake, lake with pier The peace of predawn stillness was broken only by the clear chirping of two birds in the reeds by water’s edge.  It seemed that only the birds and I were awake in the chilly morning air.

No ripples disturbed the water stretching before me. Reflected on the lake’s smooth surface were the first hints of a colorful sunrise. The sun had began its ascent above the horizon. It was going to be a beautiful day!

Where the weathered planks of the pier touched land, I had set up my camera on a tripod. Using a cable release allowed my camera time to take a longer exposure.  This insured a clear image and an image that was not under exposed.  If you do not have a cable release, set the timer on your camera.  No tripod?  Prop your camera on a nearby stationary object, like your car.  Photographing a sunrise necessitates arriving at your location and setting up your equipment a minimum of 30 minutes before sunrise.  One hour before the official sunrise time on the weather report would be preferable.

I found there was much to see before the sun ever peeked above the horizon.  The colors were soft.  The air was cool.  The absence of noise was soothing.  Witnessing the beginning of a brand new day full of possibilities was something that stayed with me for the rest of the day.  It was worth getting up early.


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