“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.

Western Beauty

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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.

Moment’s Rest

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A reflection of a bridge over the river that runs through Yosemite Valley.  I took this early in the morning as I was walking along the river shooting in the early morning light.

Touch the Heavens

Touch the Heavens

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”   Anne Frank

The Perfect Seat

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