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After waking up to to fog so thick you could hardly see 10 feet in front of you, the clouds began to break up and treated us to an exceptional unexpected sunris...
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After waking up to to fog so thick you could hardly see 10 feet in front of you, the clouds began to break up and treated us to an exceptional unexpected sunrise in the mountains.
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Timestr3tch PRO
 
Timestr3tch May 23, 2016
Awesome shots man! My name is also Brendan and my middle name is William lol!
brendanwilliams
brendanwilliams May 24, 2016
Thanks! Haha that's actually pretty funny
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 27, 2016
Beautiful shot! Congrats.
brendanwilliams
brendanwilliams May 27, 2016
Thank you so much!
julie_cavell
 
julie_cavell June 02, 2016
Beautiful image
Betty_A
 
Betty_A June 03, 2016
Love the color of the light.
brendanwilliams
brendanwilliams June 03, 2016
Good to hear! Thanks for the feedback
tam4212
 
tam4212 June 05, 2016
Great capture of colours!Beautiful!
brendanwilliams
brendanwilliams June 05, 2016
Thanks so much! Also thank you for all your feedback on my other work on viewbug :)
deitrick PRO
 
deitrick August 19, 2016
Nice, can't wait for winter time!
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady February 25, 2018
There is something Robert Frost about this if you took the camera out of your hand, like you are deciding which path to go on. Great shot

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at Elfin Lakes in Squamish, BC. It's a super spectacular place.
Time
This was taken at around 8am on a morning in November. There was quite a few of us photographers up there for the sunrise so many of us were up well before the sun was expected to come up that morning. Unfortunately there was heavy heavy fog surrounding us and you could hardly see the trees just a few dozen feet ahead of us. We were a bit discouraged but decided that since we were up that we might as well go try to get some photos out there in the fog. After about 45 minutes of playing in the snow and taking photos there was a small break in the clouds that we all marvelled over. Over the next hour or so it began to get larger and larger until the mountains around us came into full view and the entire sky lit up with colour. This was a sunrise so completely unexpected and so miraculous that it still sticks in my memory as if it were yesterday. It's those moments that you least expect that create the greatest memories and sometimes even the greatest photo of your trip.
Lighting
The beauty of sunrises like this is that the vibrant colours and light will only last a short while. I was dancing all over the mountain like a lunatic completely awestruck by my surroundings while taking photos that morning. It was important to me that I got this photo while the light was still a soft warm glow. I wanted this image to feel very tranquil.
Equipment
On this day, I only had my Canon 60D and a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 that I was shooting with.
Inspiration
I wanted to capture the feeling of this moment that we all were sharing. Although many of us were chasing after that perfect shot we still were just awestruck by what was unfolding around us. I noticed Zach, who is pictured, just taking it all in. I was walking past him as I grabbed this shot that, in my opinion, radiates the tone and feeling of what it was like to be standing there that morning. Complete calmness.
Editing
I played around with the colour temperatures a bit, particularly with the snow. I just wanted the snow and clouds to match a little bit nicer. I brightened up the brighter areas around where the sun was coming over the mountains to draw your eye toward them. I also put a radial filter on Zach, my subject, and sharpened the entire image slightly.
In my camera bag
Whenever I go on overnight backpacking trips I have to sacrifice some of my favourite lenses, filters, etc. I only brought along my Canon 60D with my sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 on this trip to spare myself from packing in more weight than I needed to.
Feedback
This is one of those classic, being in the right place at the right time, sort of photos. I have found that if I go somewhere with the thoughts of "I'm going just so I can get a good photo" it will rarely workout in my favour. I feel the best photos are more organic than that. When I say organic I mean they just come more naturally; managing to capture a real moment of something that was special to you. When a moment begins to unfold that was wasn't a part of the itinerary or predicted in the weather report, that's when the magic happens. Our job as photographers to capture those unpredicted moments of beauty.

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