Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise over Assawompset Pond

“Sunrise, sunset, swiftly flows the days” comes from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. ┬áThese both are magical times to photograph. No two are ever the same. ┬áSome will have magical light and others will be bland, but, each still is different. To get the changing colors and mood, you need to start off photographing at least an hour before sunrise until at least the minimum of 30 minutes after sunset. You need to be ready because beautiful color can be very fleeting.

My equipment for sunrise/sunset photography is a sturdy tripod, camera body, and a wide-angle lens-short zoom lens. In the past, I have utilized a wired trigger, and now I use the Pluto trigger which is attached to my camera and controlled wirelessly via Bluetooth from either my cell phone on my iPad. I also utilized a two-second delay in shutter release to help cut down vibrations from the mirror. After I decide on the location where I am going to photograph either sunrise or sunset, I utilize either PhotoPills or The Photographer’s Ephemeris to know where the sun is going to rise or set. Camera settings using aperture priority mode plus the lowest ISO, and aperture between F/8-16 with a -1 exposure compensation. As the light either increases or decreases, I will adjust exposure compensation to keep the highlights from being completely blown out. I also set my picture control to either neutral or flat which allows a more dynamic range in the image. If your camera body does not have the settings, you can in Lightroom create your custom camera settings by using the technique that Jason Odell teaches in this video http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2017/03/10/max-dr-lightroom/

Here is a sunrise was taken at Assawompset Pond in Lakeville Massachusetts and a sunset over the marsh behind Tamarac Park in Lakeville Massachusetts.

Sunrise over Assawompset Pond
Sunset
Sunset
Sunrise over Assawompset Pond

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