Pink Sunrise

Sunrise on Dania Beach, FL

Sunrise on Dania Beach, FL
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at one my favorite, go-to spots: the Dania Beach Pier in Dania Beach, FL. It's a combination beach and fishing pier and from what I've seen, one can make some very good catches here!
With the beach being a short 10 to 15 minute drive from home, this photo was taken at sunrise, with the sun just barley over the horizon. As you can see by the seaweed, there was some high-impact wave-action taking place the night before; waves were still a little choppy that morning too.
I always try to keep my photos as close to "natural" as possible so no flash was used. My ISO setting was at 100 and I just used the natural sunlight that was present.
As with taking any landscape photos, complete stability is a necessity for sharp images. The tripod that I used for this one was a Sunpak 6000 (which I've since upgraded to very sturdy Manfrotto Element unit). The photo was taken with a Nikon D5200 coupled with a Tamron 10-24mm Di II VC lens. Like I said previously, no flash unit was used; all natural and ambient lighting only.
As I was taking photos of the pier itself, I realized that I was ignoring the scenes behind me. For this composition, I simply wanted to get something as symmetrical as possible, showing both land and sea.
When I started out with my dslr photography, I had no idea that I was doing something technically wrong. In the summer of 2014, while visiting New York City, I made the dismal mistake of shooting all my photos - in JPEG! Since then, I have made it a number one priority to only shoot in RAW format, which gives me more data when applying Adobe's Lightroom post-processing software. Now, my images look like how I intend them to! By the way, Lightroom is an extremely easy program to use.
In my camera bag
What's in my camera bag? Hmmm, let's see...a Nikon D5200, 18-55mm and 55-300mm (both kit lens), a 35mm prime and a Tamron 10-24mm Di II VC lens, which is now my go-to for landscape and real estate. Also inside is a SB-700 flash unit, a 24 inch collapsible reflector, a handful of memory cards, a wireless remote, lots of batteries, a hot-shoe bubble level and a flashlight!
To capture an image like Pink Sunrise, one has to be an early bird (or maybe a nocturnal if it's to be taken at sunset). Check your local weather guide to see what you might be working with (cloudy, rainy, windy or sunny conditions). Get to the location early (about an hour before) so that you can properly visualize or set the compositions that you want to take. And of course, think 360 degrees; the scenes beside and behind you are just as important as the one in front of you!

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