Singular Sunrise

One of the most spectacular sunrises I've ever had the luck to photograph. This is a favorite locaton of mine in Caledon Ontario. The sunrise started ea...
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One of the most spectacular sunrises I've ever had the luck to photograph. This is a favorite locaton of mine in Caledon Ontario. The sunrise started early while we were still onroute to the location, we raced the rest of the way and were only able to get a few shots in before it faded away.
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ralphfrench March 19, 2016
An outstanding photograph, great eye!!!
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LFConrad Mar 16
I\'d like to invite you to enter this great shot in my #ruralfences challenge! 😊

Behind The Lens

This image was taken in Caledon Ontario Canada along the Escarpment Sideroad. I go to this location quite frequently as it is a very photogenic spot.
I raced, quite literally, to this location for sunrise. As I was approaching, about 30 minutes away, the sky started to light up with an absolutely brilliant display of colour! When I finally arrived there were only about 10-15 minutes left to capture a few images before this glorious sunrise faded away.
Mother nature supplied everything needed for light. I have never been so fortunate to witness and capture such a glorious sunrise before or since. Hence the title of this image, 'Singular Sunrise'
This was shot with a Nikon D600 and my favourite lens, the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8. Camera settings were 17mm, f/13 and ISO100 for this .625 second exposure. The camera was sitting atop my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 carbon fibre tripod and 488RC2 ball head.
Sunrise and sunset are my favourite times to photograph. It is very much a struggle to get up for these very early mornings but when I struggle now, I use this image and experience as my inspiration. It's not easy to get up at 4am and drive 2 hours to locations for sunrise, but missing something like this helps to pry me out of bed.
This image is a composite of a 3 image bracketed set. Each individual exposure was processed in Lightroom and all three were blended together in Photoshop to achieve this final product. This location is afflicted with other signs of man (hydro wires, telephone post, stop sign), all of those blemishes were painstakingly removed with Photoshop's cloning tool and healing brush.
In my camera bag
My backpack contents are constantly changing. At the moment you will find a Nikon D800 along with my Nikon 17-35mm and 24-70mm lenses. Depending on the location, a Tamron 150-600mm can also be found taking over the majority of the center of the bag. Along with the above, I always carry various lens filters (ND16, ND110, graduated ND and polarizer) and of course the prerequisite accessories such as, remote shutter release, spare batteries, lens caps and a small flashlight. Depending on the time of year, you may also find bug spray or Heat3 gloves, toque and hand warmers.
Get out of bed and go somewhere :) Check the weather for conditions that will improve your odds for having spectacular light. Stormy weather can provide some amazing conditions, but a heavily overcast sky for sunrise or sunset will ruin the light. It takes a fair bit of planning and almost as much luck to be in the right place at the right time for "the shot", Good luck my friends. :)

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