Sunrise over Fuertaventura

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
Aperture: f/11.0
Shutter speed: 1/125
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Lightroom

6 thoughts on “Sunrise

  1. While I too am drawn to sunrise/sunset, over the years I’ve come to the personal conclusion that I prefer “mental photographs” and memories of them rather than photographs, as I increasingly found myself missing out on the true “experience” of the moment because I was so busy trying to capture the sunrise/set via camera. However, like most photogs I do seek out the effects of a sunrise/set on nearby subjects, especially during the “golden hours.” Nothing better than Alpenglow on a snowcapped mountain or reflected sunglight on a red-rock formation in SW USA! You did a nice job post-processing the image above, as nothing is washed out and there is good detail in the foreground and horizon as well. Liking the new blog! Keep it up 🙂

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    1. Thanks Brian! I left my camera at home once after someone made a similar comment to me. I didn’t feel right all night and really regretted not having the camera around. For me, the pictures evoke the memories and therefore they last longer. I know where I was and what was going on for each picture I took. It’s like a memory helper 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the mention. You know I love both and when you can see the sun set and a short time later you watch the moon rise you are having a great night. Keep up the good work.


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