*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).
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
I really like Agfa CT100 slide, I think it’s probably my favourite colour film. Of course, its dynamic range is limited, but the colours are just gorgeous, as (I think) this seconds before sunrise shot shows. Makes for a beautiful yet quiet scene.
*Sunlight through the brambles*
There’s nothing more beautiful than a sunrise over sea. Also, there’s nothing more graphically boring unless you find some good foreground. I have recently started experimenting shooting sunrises or sunsets through vegetation. It backlights said vegetation and gives it a graphical abstract feel I quite like.
To think I nearly missed this sunrise. I went to Lanikai beach before sunrise, and got so fascinated with the rocks on the beach that I nearly didn’t hike the little trail up to see these two islands with the sun rising just behind one of them. So glad the idea to walk these 100m finally came to me… And yes, OK, this is a bit of a cliché shot, but hey, a cliché means a photo in French, so what do you expect ?
*Shadows of Brooklyn*
I got in early to catch the southern tip of Manhattan in the sunrise. There was a moment just as the sun was emerging above Brooklyn when the shadows of the skyscapers there projected onto the Manhattan skyline. This is what I captured here. I decided to give it a black and white treatment to emphasize these shadows.
*In the Shadow of the Bridge*
I knew that you could walk the Brooklyn Bridge but had never had a chance to do it. What’s really cool is that you’re above the cars and on a purely pedestrian plane. What’s even cooler is doing it on a glorious early morning, with the dawn light hitting the Manhattan side at a low angle. At one point, I turned back, and wow!
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…
Long Tail Waiting
Canon 7D, 110mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 400
On the morning of our boat excursion, I got up at dawn (like most mornings when we were in Ko Yao Noï) with tripod and zoom lens in the hope of capturing gorgeous pictures of the sunrise. Alas the cloud cover was simply too thick, although we did have a bit of gold about half an hour after sunrise as you can see here. To think I lugged all of this heavy gear for nothing…
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…
This is a black and white variant of Pink Sunrise. Interesting how the feeling it conveys is radically different, isn’t it?