The world is overflowing with sunrise and sunset pictures. They happen every day, all around the world, and most of the 7 billion people of the planet find them pretty and take snapshots. Nonetheless, I find myself particularly drawn to sunrise and sunsets. I often snap pictures with my cell phone camera and send them to my dad – he’s a nature guy. Being a night owl, I probably have seen more sunsets than sunrises. But sunrise is a beautiful time of day. The end of the darkness of night, the warmth of the sun, the hope of what a new day can bring. As a photographer, the quickly changing light is like a playground. The scene you photographed one way looked totally different just 15 minutes later. I have watched the sunrise over the ocean three times in my life. It has been a joy each time.
I took this shot over the New Year on the island of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. This was immediately after sunrise. I wanted to capture the colors and shadows that the patterns on the sand were making. I set the aperture around 11 to enable the darker parts of the photo to be captured in detail. This was one of those shots where I was lucky and I immediately knew I captured it the way I wanted to.
In post processing, I was very happy that I recently switched to shooting in RAW. It really gives you options that you don’t have with jpeg or other formats. I made the following edits in Lightroom: First, I cropped to center the sun. Then, I decreased the highlights as the sun was slightly too bright. Then I sharpened the photo and upped the contrast slightly. Finally I brushed some shadows onto the sand.
Camera: Canon 600
Lens: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II at 49mm
Shutter speed: 1/125