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Racing the sunrise.

Racing the sunrise.

admin On 15 September, 2015

_TES 3749So, we shoot out the gate in search of great critters. We may be lucky and find something super, and we can spend quality time with it; often alone.  When the sun rises, we get the most beautiful lighting for about 30-45 minutes. I want you to shoot anything and everything with great lighting because it will enhance your shots so very much.

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But what if we are still on the hunt when the sun starts to pop?  Well, I have a secret timer inside my little brain.  One part is looking for critters and another part is watching the sun…rather watching where I think the sun will come up.  When I decide the sun is going to come up in 5 or 10 minutes, I do a mad hunt for anything that can be a great sunrise shot. Of course, something like an elephant or giraffe is super to have in the shot (as a silhouette). Most often, we don’t find anything in the proper location, so I hunt for something else like a tree or windmill….anything.

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Some of the time, we have a lot of moisture or fog in the atmosphere. Sometimes there are clouds on the horizon. In fact, I hope for these because the sun can become so bright so “hot” in a matter of seconds that any shot is useless.  Filtering a hot sun through a tree or bush can give a great enhancement. The same goes for clouds or fog, though the sun is rarely too hot with these.

The other simple trick we use to shoot sunrise is a simple negative compensation to make the shot darker.  If you’ve never used negative or positive compensation, you’ll get the thirty second lesson and you’ll be an expert. 

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The last thing for a good sunrise shot is simple editing. I can’t help you much with this because I can’t photoshop, but I can use the simple photo editors to help create the picture I want.

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