“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.

Western Beauty

Western Beauty 16x20

A trail runs down into the hoodoos as as the sun rises over Bryce Canyon National Park.  This was taken sitting about halfway down in the canyon looking over the rock formations and trees.

Grand Canyon Sunrise Time-lapse

This is a time-lapse video of sunrise at the Grand Canyon that I set up while I was on one of my photography trips this summer.  My first attempt at using my GoPro for something like this.

Sunrise Over Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon sunriseAfter hiking down into the canyon a little before light I was able to photograph a beautiful sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park.  This was shooting away from the sun as the light bounced off of the clouds from a passing storm.

Dawn’s Early Light

Dawn's Early Light word

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.