Sunrise

Snake River Overlook

During our visit to The Grand Tetons last week, we were hoping for some great sunrise and sunset opportunities, however, mother nature doesn't always work on your travel schedule.  We did get a at least one decent sunset and sunrise, but there were several days it was all clouds.

This is an image I made at The Snake River Overlook.  The scene from the overlook is one of my favorite scenes in the entire park.  It really doesn't have anything to do with it being famous, either...I just love that scene.

This image was taken about 30 minutes before sunrise and as the moon was setting.  There were clouds that had a lot of promise of lighting up for a gorgeous sunrise, but there were also clouds to the east that did a good job of hiding the sun.  All was not lost, though.  I really like this image with the moon.  The exposure on this was 8 seconds.  Just enough to show a little cloud movement, which is another aspect of this image I like.

Aperture-priority, 8 sec, f/8, ISO 100, 24 mm

This image was made using my Canon 5D IV, Tamron 24-70 G2 Lens and Sirui 2 Stop GND Filter.  I also used my Sirui W-2204 Tripod and G-20X Ballhead for support.

A Two Mile Sunrise

There is a spot here in Apalachicola that is great to photograph for sunrise and sunset.  It is called Two Mile.  It got it's name because it is 2 miles from the traffic light in town.  Clever, right?  It's hard to give people directions there and tell them it's name without them thinking you are just a wise guy.

Here is a sunrise shot that I took there the other morning.  While there were no clouds to make the sky very interesting, using more of the foreground and a small Aperture, like F/22, gave me a nice starburst on the sun.

ISO 125, 15mm, F/22 @ 1/2 second

I was able to capture this image using the Tamron 15-30mm Lens that I had borrowed from my teaching partner, David Akoubian.  I also had to borrow his Nikon to E mount adapter.  Don't worry though, I had my own camera...the Sony A7Rii.  All mounted a top a fancy new tripod I am trying out, the Sirui W-2204.  It is a waterproof tripod, so it's certainly working out great while out here shooting along the coast!

Oyster Boats

Sticking with the Apachicola Theme...

This was a fantastic sunrise morning to be out shooting these oyster boats!  Due to state and federal regulations, the oyster fishermen could only fish Monday-Thursday.  We knew shooting these boats on a Saturday Morning would mean a lot less traffic at the boat ramp and, aside from boats that needed maintenance, the boats would most likely all be docked since they couldn't be out fishing.

ISO 100, 15mm, F/11, 0.5 seonds

ISO 100, 15mm, F/11, 0.5 seonds

This is another image where I used the Tamron 10-24mm Lens on my Sony A7R via the Metabones Adapter.  Since the 10-24mm lens was designed for APS-C sized sensors, 15mm was about as wide as I could get on my full frame without getting some vignetting.

Pilgrim Creek Sunrise Time-Lapse

What happens on a photography workshop?

We get up extremely early and do this.

On this workshop, I took a GoPro video camera and attached it to my tripod while shooting at sunrise and sunset.  I set the GoPro to take a still image every 5 seconds for the duration of sunrise and/or sunset, which was usually a few hours.

This is the time-lapse I made at Pilgrim Creek, the place yesterday's image was made.  I made it last about a minute long, so you've got a few hours worth of images in just over a minute.  It's pretty neat to have this as a memory and share with you as well.

At about the 20 second mark, those clouds start to light up pink and that sure made for something nice to watch and capture.  The sun just started to crest the horizon in the East at about the 40 second mark.  You can tell from this video how fast the light changes.