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Morning Sunrise, Myakka River State Park

Morning Sunrise, Myakka River State Park
As with my photography this past year I seem to be a day late and a dollar short, as the saying goes. On this trip however I knew that I was late in getting back here for the image I wanted to capture.

The Myakka River makes a turn to the left which can be seen in the upper section of this image. Now the image I had in mind was at that bend looking up river along that tree line. This is where the sun was coming up over those trees at the Summer Solstice, which was back on June 21st. The sun would have come up over those trees, right in line with the river making great reflections in the water. You can see how far the sun has moved south…Plan "A" gone.

Now for Plan "B", which was not near as good as plan A. I arrived the day before and set up the camper and then went out to scout another location as to where the sun would come up. I have a program The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE) which is based on Google Maps and will indicate exactly where the sun would rise above those trees and at what time.

So I get up at 5AM, sunrise is at 6:35AM, but first color is much earlier. I make coffee and get ready to leave around 5:45AM…this location is only a 5 minute drive. After spraying large quantities of misquote spray, I get the camera and tripod out and set up in another location to the right and wait…swatting mozzies. Then to my surprise or rather "My luck" a large cloud bank appears over the trees right in line with where the sun should have come up. There was absolutely no color what-so-ever. So I move locations, not that this was going to make much of a difference and set up again…and wait.

Now this is where most photographers would have probably packed it in and gone home, but I used an old trick of squinting and holding that for as long as I could... but I could see some color. Today's pro-consumer digital camera's capture much more than what we can general see. So I set up a bracket of 7 exposures, metering the bright green grasses and added one stop for the initial exposure and bracketed 3 stops up and down from there. I knew that I would have something to work with. I used only two of those exposures for this image using hand blending. I wished I could have pulled more color but I bumped the over exposure limits on both frames. I added some color where it was getting too light in some areas…this one took a lot of work, but for what was given... I was pleased.

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Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Immaculately framed and photographed, great use of the light. I do admire your dedication - the thought of 5 a.m. fills me with horror!!!
3 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
This makes such a good story. Enthralling. You should compile a book of short stories, with a photo per chapter. I bet it would sell!!

The above is lovely; the technicalities elude me (basic photographer that I am), but the finished product is enchanting!
3 years ago.