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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tips for Great Pictures of Sunrise

Tips for Great Pictures of Sunrise

Photographing the sunrise can reward you with some of the most beautiful images. It may surprise you that the wonderful sunrise scenes are not that difficult to photograph. This article will give you some tips to help make your pictures of sunrise the very best possible.

Prior planning is needed in order to capture the best sunrise images possible. Most of the time, for most people, the sunrise shot will be obscured by buildings, wires, poles and other things. Luckily, this is not a problem with the beach sunrise. Nothing to detract from the picture other than the occasional tourist, and even then, they can become a welcome addition and part of the scene if done correctly.

Taking note of the time that the sun rises in your area is extremely important. Get there early in order to have enough time to possible plan a few shots, or just to observe the changes in the color of the sky. The most dramatic coloring only lasts about a half hour, but shots taken before, during and after the sunrise will still be possible with some pretty lighting.

The best places to take pictures of sunrise are beaches, plains, deserts, or anywhere there are less obstructions as previously noted. You can, however, get some great pictures by composing them creatively. Incorporating what looked at first like obstructions into the photograph can result in stunning scenes.

Clouds, for example, can be used for dramatic effect in a sunrise image. Sunlight reflections on clouds are quite beautiful. You never know what kind of cloud formations will be present when you arrive on the scene. Whether there are thick clouds or faint wisps of clouds, there will be amazing scenes as the sun rises and reflects or illuminates those formations. Take lots of shots from as many different views and angles as possible. Keep in mind that in the half hour or so of most dramatic coloring, the clouds will probably be moving as the sun rises so tone and amount of light will vary. Keep shooting until you are positive you have not missed the best sunrise shot of the day.

When composing a great sunrise picture, it is generally agreed that placing the horizon directly in the middle of the frame should be avoided. Lower the horizon until it represents the bottom third of the photograph. Emphasizing the sky and any clouds that are present. If you are at the beach and want to capture the reflection of the sunrise in the water, you might consider the reverse of this rule to emphasize the water. Just remember, no matter where you place the horizon, to keep it as level as possible. Try placing objects in the foreground and use silhouettes. Although the sun and clouds in the sky is a great stand alone picture, an object such as a tree, bird, boat or a person walking in the foreground can change the whole perspective of the sunrise picture. Take plenty of shots and experiment. The best thing about sunrises is that scenes are never the same from one day to another, but they are almost always beautiful..

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