I remember shooting this photo very early in the morning, as an afterthought of sorts: I hoped the bird (a sort of cormorant if memory serves me correctly) would stand still long enough to not show up as an indistinct blur on the final shot. I got my wish (although there were four or five attempts).
*Pier 41 at Dawn*
Pier 41 in San Francisco is a wooden pier that juts out into the bay. It has these old fashioned lampposts that stay on all night, and last time I was in San Francisco I decided to check it out at dawn. It wasn’t an insanely superb sunrise, but the subdued colours were really lovely.
A good sunrise in Hawaii is worth a lot of sunrises elsewhere. I only saw a few of these, but boy were they impressive. This one, from Lanikai Beach was particularly stunning and I nearly missed it, because at beach level you couldn’t see the sun on the horizon…
*The Mists of Dawn*
When you shoot long exposures of a still body of water, you get a perfectly smooth and often reflective surface. But when you shoot a long exposure of waves, you get patterns and eddies. One interesting look that I definitely have not explored enough is this misty look that you get from a shortish long exposure (here 5s).
*Expired Dawn in Paris*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ultramax 400 (Expired)
Shooting expired film is a crapshoot. You never know what will come out of it, and you can get wonderful results, or entirely useless shots. It’s especially true with colour film. This photo of the Parc Monceau at dawn came out real nice, with lovely warm colours.
*The Colors of Dawn*
One of the truly magical things about dawn is how quickly the light changes. I shot this a few minutes after sunrise, and the light was still purple. A minute later, it was a glorious gold. It was devilishly cold that morning (especially for me now that I live in mild temperatures Hong Kong) but really worth the 6 AM trip.
Aesclepius Wakes Up
Fuji xpro-2, 60mm, f/13, 8.5s, ISO 200
When I was in Rome for work last year I discovered the Temple of Aesclepius in the Villa Borghese, by the side of a little lake. Back then I had neither tripod nor zoom lens, so this time I came prepared. I went there early morning, after the sun was up, but not too high on the sky. I used an ND400 filter to get this 8 second exposure, and I’m very pleased with the result, basked in glorious morning light.
Fuji xpro-2, 75mm, f/10, 1/210s, ISO 200
Got up at 5 AM and walked down the beach while the light was slowly getting brighter. It was surprisingly busy with a mix of joggers, dog-owners and fishermen. Just as the sun was proparly rising I spotted this fisherman which made for a nice silhouette. An hour later, it was raining cats and dogs…
Fuji x100s, f/11, 30s, ISO 200
Another early morning shot in San Francisco. This is the view of the city from Pier 14. I like how the top of the Transamerican Building peaks above the skyline at the back. Processed with X-Equals XeL 2.0.
Sunrise Under the Bay Bridge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 14s, ISO 200 w. ND 64 external filter and ND 8 internal filter
It’s surprisingly difficult to do sunrise shots of San Francisco. The city is nearly always lost in fog until close to mid-day, and on my first day there last week I didn’t realise how lucky I was to catch this much of a sunrise, which is admittedly not much. Still, I quite liked the composition, with the wooden piles at the forefront and what little of the morning sunlight is visible directly under the bridge. I remain amazed at my x100s’ capabilities and am seriously thinking about ditching the Canon system altogether…