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Golden Morning



This was shot at a cottage on an amazing morning where clouds were putting in from the right and meeting with the sun just peeking over the horizon. The clear r...
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This was shot at a cottage on an amazing morning where clouds were putting in from the right and meeting with the sun just peeking over the horizon. The clear reflection on the calm water was just icing on the cake.
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naoisekelly PRO
 
naoisekelly April 25, 2015
Excellent image, beautifully caught :)
magdavandermerwe
 
magdavandermerwe June 25, 2015
Amazing photo
ElizabethSPool PRO+
 
ElizabethSPool June 26, 2015
Like they always say though, you have to be dedicated to being in the right place at the right time with the right settings to capture an awesome image like this. Congratulations and Bravo.
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz June 28, 2015
Stunning!
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz July 05, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous sunrise and congrats on the awards.
harveyjewett PRO
 
harveyjewett July 06, 2015
Stunning!
SVPhotos
 
SVPhotos December 21, 2015
Love it!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 24, 2017
Fantastic gallery :)
jennamaul
 
jennamaul February 09, 2017
Beautiful image!
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anthonymannion February 20, 2017
love it
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markclark_5515 April 06, 2017
Inspiring image. I could only hope to bring my art to this level. Happy Snapping!
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion April 11, 2017
Astounding shot
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germanunicorn October 08, 2017
Awesome!
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bminor PRO
bminor October 31, 2017
Thanks
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 August 29, 2018
Wow ... A stunningly beautiful Golden Morning sunrise image/scene. Amazing colour, lighting and clarity of focus ... Love the rocks in the foreground, a very interesting POV. Congrats on your many awards, well done.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at my brother's cottage up in Northern Ontario. Nelson lake is a beautiful small lake just outside of Sudbury, Ontario. Although a well known lake to Sudbury residents, it's still relatively quiet and peaceful even in the busy summer months. It's a great place to enjoy nature and get away from the everyday pressures of life and unwind.
Time
This particular shot was taken very early in the morning. I was an early riser even before I got into photography and that has really helped me to capture more of the amazing moments of spectacular light that happen when most people are still an hour or two from crawling out of bed.
Lighting
Although I do use lighting equipment in some of my photography, there's really no substitute for natural light. In this shot the sun was giving me the most amazing golden and yellow hues. It's a bit hard to tell but you can see snow on the right side of the image. The golden glow on the left side of the image was contrasted by the silvery cloud cover and trees on the right.
Equipment
I took this photo with my Canon 6D and with what has become one of my favourite landscape lenses, the Canon 16-35 L series lens. This is an amazing lens that never disappoints. I often go out with the Canon 24-70 f4 when I'm just walking about but when I know I'll be shooting wide open scenes the Canon 16-35L lens is my go to lens. I also like my fotopro cxi tripod. It's light and easy to carry around and allows me to get right down to the ground when I need a low angle shot.
Inspiration
The cottage I was visiting sits higher up on a hillside and has a porch the full width of the cottage which gives you an amazing view of the entire lake. The first thing I do every morning when I spend time at the cottage is look outside--even before I fire up the gas stove to get the coffee percolator going for my morning coffee. This shot was taken in very late fall. In fact there was a bit of snow on the ground already. It was cold that morning and I could have used a coffee or two to warm up but when I looked out the window I was greeted by the most spectacular cloud formation and the sun was just starting to crest over the tree line. I could tell right away that coffee and warmth and comfort would have to wait--a spectacular sunrise was about to happen. I grabbed my camera equipment, dressed in a few layers and headed out the door. I was out for over 90 minutes and took some amazing shots! It was cold but I almost didn't notice. It was an amazing site to witness and absolute thrill to photograph.
Editing
I always shoot in raw format. For most of us that shoot raw what comes out of the camera never really does a photo justice. Although I have and do use Photoshop from time to time, I much prefer shots captured properly in camera so that all I have to do is use Lightroom for post processing. In this case I changed my camera calibration to Landscape mode to bring out the colours. I cropped and straightened the photo a bit. I had a few lens dust particles to spot remove and sharpened the photo. Finally I wanted to warm up the colours in the photo to try and accurately show the golden glow of the scene. I wanted to make sure I didn't lose some of the mist coming off the lake that was so crucial to the shot.
In my camera bag
I've acquired quite a bit of equipment in the last few years. It's really impractical for me to take everything on a trip, but when I'm heading for the wilderness I simply can't go without my Canon L series Lenses. I love the 16-35 f4 lens for landscapes, I use the 24-70 F4 for a walk around lens and I carry the newer Tamron 150-600 telephoto lens for wildlife. The canon Telephoto lenses are awesome but if photography is not your primary source of income it's hard to justify the cost. I've tried several telephotos in this focal range and the Tamron, in my view, is an amazing lens! I use my 6D body for almost everything except wildlife--I turn to my Canon 7D Mark II for that. The only other lens I bring along is my L series 70-200 f4. There are times when you have to zoom in, even on a landscape shots, to focus on the elements of the scene that you want to have included in the photo.
Feedback
I think the best advice for any landscape photographer is get out there when the light is there. Unfortunately that means you don't get to sleep in and spoon in bed with your partner the morning of a shoot. It often might mean having to come in late as well in summer months when sunset doesn't happen until after 9pm. So the best advice there is to make sure you have a partner that's supportive. Other than that I'd say scout out your shots during the day. Get to your location early for sunrise shots and stay late for sunset shots. The light changes dramatically during those times and some of the most amazing shots happen before the sun crests or falls over the horizon. Another tip I think worth mentioning is if you found a gem of a location visit it often. Mother nature can always surprise you and give you very different perspectives of the same location.

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