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.