This morning I woke up at 5:30, and was scrolling through my iPhone when it dawned on me that I was extremely wide awake which meant I was able to go capture the sunrise! As I’ve mentioned before I’m not much of a landscape photographer, I’m more of a portraiture photographer. Regardless, I wasn’t going to let this moment pass me by. I thought I’d share a few things I learned, as well as some things that I thought would be better for the next time…
- Make sure your camera bag is always packed & ready to go nearby so you can jump out of bed & go (yay me on this one!)
- Keep your camera battery charged, and potentially even have a spare charged in your camera bag (I still need to get the spare!)
- Have extra SD cards everywhere – in your car, in your wallet, in your camera bag (I learned that the hard way many times on previous adventures.)… make sure they have lots of memory
- Make sure your gas tank is full or doesn’t drop below the half way point (I was regretting being 1/4 full when I went out)
- Have your sunrise and sunset spots picked out well ahead of time and know how long it takes to get there from your house
That last one is seriously important. Not knowing where to go with such little time before I lost the sunrise led me to the park near my house… which is why I ended up with the image above. Compositionally speaking, it’s actually pretty good all things considered as well as SOOC. I have the rule of thirds down, wonderful leading lines, the sunlight is reflecting in the water quite beautifully. I was really bummed about the power lines, but like I said, I am pretty happy with the end result all things considered.
To be continued…