“Rhea Spring”: Shooting in the Morning

Rhea Spring

One of my favorite times of day to photograph is early in the morning, especially when I visit a National Park.  Many people prefer sunset because of the convenience, but at sunrise there are often fewer people.  As the sun comes up the land begins to come alive.

This was a morning a couple of weeks ago at Shiloh National Military Park near Rhea Spring.  The sun was coming up and the water was running well from all of the recent rain.  I don’t always shoot toward the sun, but use the light that is cast over the landscape to photograph scenes.  The fog was rising from the water due to the warming of the landscape and the light highlighted it showing a mist.  The ISO was lowered and shutter speed slowed in order to create the effect with the water and capture to light right for the breaking sun.

Don’t be afraid to try shooting from different positions to get different perspectives.  As the sun rose I spent about an hour capturing the scene before the fog was gone.  I moved around along the creek bed standing, sitting, getting closer and further from the bridge.  The idea was to not only frame the scene the way I wanted, but to work with the natural light of the rising sun.

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Bryce Tree

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A trail curves around a tree and along the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah.  I love early morning hikes, especially in national parks.  It often offers the best opportunities to enjoy the parks before all the people begin to come.  Mornings offer the chance to enjoy the quiet of nature, but also on special mornings the sunrise creates spectacular light shows.  This was taken as I was heading further down into the canyon just after the sun appeared over the horizon.  At the top of the canyon it was cold and windy, but as I made my way down the wind died down and the light created some great photographic opportunities around the rock formations.  If you take a trip to Bryce Canyon I highly recommend getting up early and heading down into the canyon.  Get in a short hike and some pictures, then go enjoy a nice warm breakfast.

The Perfect Seat

DSC_5500The perfect place to sit and enjoy the sunrise at the Grand Canyon.

Take a Hike

Grand Canyon

Take a Hike: Grand Canyon National Park VIDEO

Here is something new that I have started.  After having several people ask me to start documenting some of my stories and sharing my adventures I started a YouTube series called Take a Hike.  This is the newest episode based around my trip to the Grand Canyon.  Take a look at my other episodes.

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Sunrise on an early morning shoot at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.  This is one of my favorite places to shoot, especially in the late winter and early spring.  I went down this weekend to photograph one of the nesting pairs of Bald Eagles, unfortunately, they were not very active around the nest.  I go early because I always want to try to catch the sunrise and sometimes I get lucky to capture the fog lifting from the battlefield.  The National Military Parks serve as great reminders of the past, but they also serve as places of conservation.  When you visit, listen to the voices of the past and captivate yourself in the here and now.