Saturday's Sunrise

As much as I love the long days of summer, I hate the fact that I have to get up so early to photograph sunrise. Even now in early May it means being out on the river by 5:30 AM to get the start of the good light. Saturday was one of those mornings. The weather forecast called for partly cloudy in the morning, something that will be getting rarer and rarer as summer progresses, so I bit the bullet, set my alarm and took my kayak down to the river in the dark, waiting for first light.

The sunrise itself was not too spectacular, but still fairly nice, but what I liked even better were the clouds and light to the west. Fortunately my launch spot is the narrow portion of a peninsula on the north bank of the river, so I have good views in both directions. It is a 20-foot scramble from facing east to facing west, so I was running back and forth as the sunrise progressed.

river put in.jpg©Google Maps


The start of the sunrise, facing east, was rather nice so I took several images. I was wishing I had brought my 24-105mm lens instead of my 15-30mm lens, as I think it would have been nice to have zoomed in a bit closer, and my 150-600mm was just too long.

4010-180505-_DWA3718-Edit.jpg.3 sec; f/11; ISO 100; 30mm


I turned my attention to the west and saw this really nice cloud formation, and a pink glow in the sky.  So I picked up my tripod and ran to the other side and made this photo.

4010-180505-_DWA3729-PMP.jpg3 exposures 2 stops apart for HDR; f/11; ISO 100; 15mm


As the sunrise progressed, the cloud formation got more intense.  I turned the camera vertical and took a series of HDR images, bracketing 2 stops apart for three images, and photographed a 5-frame panorama. So this next image is made up of 15 individual shutter clicks, three exposures for each of the 5 vertical frames. I processed the 5 HDR images, using the Merge to 32-bit Plug In, and then stitched them together in Photoshop, yielding this image.

4010-180505-_DWA3732-PMP-Edit.jpg5 vertical frames, 3 exposures each, 2 stops apart for HDR; f/11; ISO 100; 15mm


Then I ran back across to the eastern facing side and made this image as 2 Canada Geese swam by. It turned out to be a good morning!

4010-180505-_DWA3871.jpg1/50 sec; f/18; ISO 100; 30mm


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