I have been getting up early a couple of times this week to take pictures of the sunrise as the weather is good at present. Here is what I learned:
Monday: 6am Connought Waters in Chingford
It was freezing cold, but clear. There was a light mist over the water and some morning activity with birds, ducks and geese flying around - probably complaining about the early disturbance. My camera was all set up to RAW (professional photography) mode and I had my ND filters ready to use with the rising sun. Well, what can I say? By the time we saw the sun 'rising' above the trees, it was almost daylight. No clouds, meaning no interesting colours in the sky. Once home I found that the ND filter made all the pictures very dark and I could not use my RAW files as I don't want to invest in Photoshop yet. Disappointed but not beaten.
Conclusion: Don't run before you can walk! Back to the drawing board.
Wednesday: 6am Epping Forest at the top of Forest Road in Walthamstow
This time I was better equipped: gloves, hat, NO ND Filters, NO fancy RAW format just good old JPEG. Camera set to M (manual), ISO 100, f8 to 22, 1/60 to 6 seconds, 2 sec self timer to avoid camera shake, and, of course, my tripod.
The moon was still fairly full as we had a Harvest Moon recently, so I had a few goes at the setting moon before I turned around and 'played' with the rising sun. There were some clouds and good colour but even up here I could not see the 'Golden Hour' just before the sun rises on the horizon. However, it was good practice to get used to setting my camera and it yielded some reasonable pictures. As always, there is lots of room for improvement (especially finding a better place) and I can't wait to get out there again.
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