Getting Up Early in the Morning

Boardwalk Oak. Canon 16-35mm lens @16mm, f14, 10 sec to .7/sec, five images combined to extend the tonal range. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Boardwalk Oak. Canon 16-35mm lens @16mm, f14, 10 sec to .7/sec, five images combined to extend the tonal range. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

There’s an old expression: ‘You have to get up early in the morning…” if: you want to succeed in life; you want to catch that big fish; you want to be the early bird getting the worm, etc. Like a lot of old expressions, there’s a measure of truth in this one. I was reminded of this while driving home yesterday, after an ‘early morning’ of productive shooting.

I had done a bit of scouting the day before and checked to see when sunrise would be. I knew it would be important to hit this area early, before the sunlight really got up enough to illuminate things. I was hopeful as well because the weather forecast called for partially cloudy skies, slowly becoming more threatening throughout the day: just the type of sky I like for photography!

This image was the first thing I shot. Tripod-mounted, with a 16-35mm zoom and five exposures, combined in Photoshop CS5’s HDR Pro to extend the tonal range. I used the black/white Adjustment Layers feature to do most of the rest of the toning, adjusting green and blue sliders to accentuate the sky and ground.

What about you? Do you have a favorite early-morning photograph you shot? A favorite early-morning photography adventure? Or do you always sleep till noon? I’d love to hear what others think about predawn trips…

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2 Comments on "Getting Up Early in the Morning"

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  1. Shotslot says:

    This one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shotslot/5279919644/

    because I was underprepared and still got the shot!

  2. Nice photograph, Shotslot. Is that you in the image?

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