I’m new to photographing sunrises and sunsets. Well, I’m new to really trying to take a great sunrise/sunset (anyone else humming that tune now?) picture anyway. So far, I’ve labeled my first two attempts as “crappy sunset” and “crappy sunrise.” The first step is to find good locations, which I have bombed out on both times. This morning I overslept, (not because I was out partying last night, but because I couldn’t sleep as usual and then I found the series “Parenthood” on Netflix and watched it until 6 this morning. SOO GOOD!!) so I basically drove until the sun started coming up and that’s where I took this shot. I drove around a bit after the light paled and tried to look for a better spot for tomorrow. We shall see how it goes. Hopefully I won’t have a “crappy sunrise2” label to type for January 2.
I metered on the field for this one, because I wanted some foreground since I wasn’t close enough to silhouette the trees well. I’ve read about ND filters, and bracketing, or HDR, or combining shots in Photoshop. The rebel in me wants to be able to take a great sunrise/sunset photo without all those geegaws and doodads, and processing steps. (or maybe I’m just being lazy) I’d appreciate advice from any of you sunrise/sunset gurus out there. Even if it is to bracket, or get fancy shmancy filters. 🙂 Also, I used my usually awesome 70-200 mm lens, which has been great for my daughters’ softball games, but that thing doesn’t like morning light. It struggles to focus. I’m getting so blind, it’s hard for me to manually focus in morning light, so I guess I should have pity on my old friend. But I’m too crabby to right now. (Mostly just photographically crabby. Towards people who cross my path, I’ve been in a fairly jovial mood today so far. Of course it’s only 11:00 am. And I’ve only seen the two Starbucks baristas, and my husband, all of whom are easy to be nice to.)
Anyway, enough whining. Time for the big reveal. But first, a toast: Raise your cameras with me, fellow blogtographers?….phoblographers? Here’s to learning. Even if it leaves me feeling inept, I’d rather feel inept from trying and failing, than the dull, lifeless feelings that come from physically and mentally “sleeping in” through another year.
Again, I’d love advice/feedback from ya’ll.