Get up early! Do it for a few reasons. I haven’t got up early in a while so when I did this past week on a couple of mornings I realized a few things. I realized how much I missed the peace and quiet before the ‘world’ gets going. It was so nice to be up and out the door before dawn and off towards the ocean. It was refreshing, soothing and invigorating all at the same time! As a photographer I would argue that early is the best light of the whole day. Yeah sunsets are nice (real nice usually) but a sunrise can’t be beat. At the beach the other morning were other photographers, joggers, walkers and just folks who drove up to the beach to see a sunrise. All of that was happening while you may have been sleeping. Get up early!
West Beach in Beverly, MA
And of course when you’re up early you should have your tripod. The light before sunrise will be dim so you want the best image you can get. Bring along a neutral density filter for when the sun starts rising and the light is much brighter as you may want to get that slow’mo look to the water if your at the beach. I adjust my ISO to get the ‘look’ I want usually trying to keep my aperture around f8 if possible. Sometimes I may go up to ISO 800 to get the slow’mo look I like (most folks wouldn’t think so if you’re using an ND filter!). I may drift my ISO down to 100 or 50 when it starts getting more lighter.
See what I mean? I stopped by these boats on my way home. Look how peaceful it was! So, ‘Get Up Early’ if you want to get great images. Oh, and don’t forget to take a moment……and just admire the view yourself!
Hey, when is the last time you went to a National Park? One near you? Or one far away? You Gotta Go There! We are SO lucky to have such a wonderful National park right in our own ‘back yard’ here in New England. I just got back from being there for five days and it was just wonderful. Of course it helps when the weather is as perfect as it was for us this time. Perhaps one of my best visits there regarding the weather. We had great clouds and blue sky with a dash of fog thrown in for good measure.
The ‘trick’ of course is to go early in the day. Can you say 4am? That’s what it took to get these two sunrises. http://www.robertmringphotography.com/photo/sunrise-at-acadias-pebble-beach/
But, of course it’s not just about sunrises alone at Acadia. One of my other favorite spots in the park is Jordan Pond. It’s a great little pond with two mountains at the opposite end with rocks in the foreground. How easy is that for a great photo? in this case I took a photo of an old tree that had fallen into the edge. http://www.robertmringphotography.com/photo/fallen-tree-in-jordan-pond/
Time for true confessions…..As I walk around Jordan Pond taking photos I have one thing on my mind…and that’s dining at the restaurant there so that I can have one of their signature desserts. Ice cream sundae Popover. I’m still working it off……
But really, You Gotto Go and enjoy our National Parks!
The Pink House in Newbury, MA has long been a favorite subject for me to photograph. Gee, I even have about 11 images in my New England gallery of this Pink House. Why? Simply put I like the uniqueness of its location alone on the edge of a vast Marsh. With great weather (meaning bad weather for those non photographer ‘types’) the level of interest for me is fantastic.
Something like this is a great example for a photographer to choose a subject (like a favorite subject) and re-visit it many times. You’ll be amazed how much fun it can be to go back to a familiar location and see how things have changed along with the need to think ‘creatively’ for that new or different angle.
If you’re anywhere near the area check it out in Newbury, MA.
Why a title like “You Had To Be There”? Because you really did. This image was taken at Schoodic Lake after a long day of drizzle and rain and just gray skies with no interest. That is until 6pm at sunset there appeared this rainbow (two actually), pink clouds and a beautiful sunlight on the shore to the left. I got the camera out and went into the rain and took about 3 shots before it disappeared as fast as it appeared! A beautiful sight to see. The image on your screen can’t possibly come close to what it looked like in real life. You had to be there!
One of the things I’ve learned when it comes to photography one has to be ready. You can’t be fiddling around with your camera and changing lenses or trying to find your tripod, etc. You’ve got to be ready to go especially when it comes to changes in weather.