The next morning I arrived at the lighthouse well before sunrise. As it turned out I must have looked at the sunrise chart wrong and thought it was at 5 a.m. when it was really 6 a.m.. It was really dark when I arrived but I went ahead and set up my camera to take the photos. The green light in the tower was blinking every few seconds and gave off an eerie glow in the night sky. For my first photos I set my camera on the tripod and used the automatic scene setting for nighttime shots. This set my camera at f3.5 with a speed of 1/5 sec. Because it was so dark the aperture went to 3200 and gave the photo a rather grainy look as you can see below. I really do like the effect with the green light on the lighthouse and the pink in the early morning sky.
After sunrise I walked around the grounds looking at how the newly risen sun was coloring everything. I love this shot with the fence glowing in the pink bask from early morning sun. It seems like the whole scene is taking on a pinkish cast.
It is really fascinating to photograph a scene at different times of the day.
Checklist for Photographing Sunrises
- If possible, check out your location the day before.
- The night before recheck your equipment and make sure everything is charged and working.
- Practice camera settings in daylight so you aren't fumbling in the dark. You might want to bring a small flashlight with you.
- Don't forget your tripod...it is critical for good sunrise photos
- Arrive before sunrise so you have plenty of time to set up and get some of those beautiful presunrise photos. Some of the best colors are often 30 minutes before sunrise.
- Relax and enjoy the beauty of the moment!