Hollow Pond Whipps Cross Road, East London
Yesterday I decided to get up at 5.30am to try out my new Canon M5 on my first sunrise in decades. It was not easy getting out of bed after a late night, and I did not really wake up until I was out 'in the field' and started pressing the shutter release. But it was well worth it, and here are some of the things I learned:
- GET READY: get your equipment and outfit ready the evening before and have an early night (not like me).
- WRAP UP WARM: even though it was only end of August, mornings can be quite cold, and this one was!
- BE EARLY: set up your camera a few minutes before the sun comes up. Once it shows on the horizon you only have a few minutes to take the glorious colours. When the sun appears fully, it is too bright to get a decent shot.
- TAKE A TRIPOD: for long exposures in low light conditions your really need a tripod and possibly a remote release to avoid camera shake and blurry pictures.
- TAKE ENERGY BARS: if you are not an early breakfast type, take some energy bars to keep you going. Focused thinking does not go well with an empty stomach.
- WAIT: When you have taken at least two shots, wait a while. The scene will change and you might take even better shots after a few minutes.
- CAMERA CONTROL: Keep your camera on Aperture priority, but also keep your eye on speed, ISO and Whitebalance as well, for the best exposure
- TURN AROUND: when walking along, frequently turn around. There may be a great shot behind you.
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