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Take Sunrise Photos: Chasing the Sublime Sunrise from an Immovable Sun

Take Sunrise Photos: Chasing the Sublime Sunrise from an Immovable Sun

Planning:

If luck is on your side, you might as well not plan ahead when shooting sunrise photos. Spontaneity is good at some point, but it’s better to have a well thought-out photo. Some photographers keep going back to the same spot just to capture the perfect image or check out multiple angles. Weather and other factors are important for the composition. Time is of the essence, since golden hour doesn’t last forever. In addition, the sunrise after a storm has a lot to offer, so check the weather forecast.

Lenses:

Bring 2 lenses if you have them at your disposal: a wide angle 24-70mm telephoto lens and a 70-200mm telephoto or larger lens. The 24-70mm captures wide angles without sacrificing the details. In fact, a lot of landscape photographs are captured with this lens. The 70-200mm lens captures tight and close up images, not just the usual panorama view.

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Settings:

Auto White Balance diminishes the color of the the golden light. Therefore, manually set the White Balance to Shade or Cloudy to preserve it. The ISO setting should be 100 or less to avoid overexposure and digital noise. Nevertheless, cameras have improved tremendously and noise is often not an issue for higher ISO’s. Aside from lowering the ISO to keep the sharpness of the image, you should also adjust the depth of field to f/11 or higher. Shutter Speed should be slow since sunrise light is diffused. To capture enough light, there should be 10-20 second exposure, though some photographers do longer. If there is running water, long exposure can definitely add to the drama by making a misty effect. This can be achieved by lengthening the shutter to a full minute.

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    Cable Release:

    Since we’re talking about long exposure, a quick release or shutter cable is a must unless you have robotic arm that can hold a camera without moving. If it’s not available, position the camera on a rock or any flat surface. To avoid further movement that can cause blurriness, use the camera timer to shoot.

    Composition:

    Remember the basic photography lesson the “rule of thirds?” Except when there are other aspects that make the horizon line look really amazing at dead center, it should be in the upper third of the frame. Like the horizon, the sun also shouldn’t be in the middle. Find foreground elements like a person, tree, boat, mountain, or animal. These will most likely become silhouettes because the sun is the brightest. The most important thing in the composition is the straight horizon line. Ensure that the top and bottom edges of the frame are parallel, not crooked.

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    Filter:

    A graduated neutral density filter is advised for people who are not familiar with post-processing or don’t have time to edit. It covers the front lens of the camera. It has a clear bottom and gradually gets darker on top. It gives correct exposure to the sky and foreground by darkening the top and creating more detail in the clouds. If this is not accessible, Auto Exposure Bracketing can be brought into play. It takes 3 different exposures that can be merged later on photo editors for HDR scenes.

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      Lens Flare:

      Although lens flare is a trend now, some landscape photographers still prefer no distraction from sun glare. Lens flare can either deliver the feeling of freshness or distract the eyes from the focal point.

      Reflection:

      When we talk about taking sunrise photos, light reflection from the sun onto water comes to mind. It generates a calming effect. If there is no water around, Photoshop can always help fabricate this.

      Safety First:

      Wear sunglasses not just to look cool, but to protect your eyes. A jacket, an umbrella, and a camera rain cover should be packed as well to protect yourself and your equipment from the harsh environment, especially if chasing a thunderstorm, to take awesome sunrise photos.

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      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

      1. 750words

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        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

        2. Ohlife

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          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

          3. Oneword

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            OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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            Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

            4. Penzu

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              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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              5. Evernote

              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

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