Early morning photography challenge.

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  1. stevegreen

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    It has been suggested (by me of all people) that we should agree a day in the not too distant future where we all get up and out by 5am/6am to get some early morning light pictures.

    I know there are all different times that we work, but If you are interested in taking part then add your name here, we'll agree a date (i'm suggesting this Sunday 22nd April, good weather forcast permitting) and post the pics to this thread.

    Who's up for it then?
     
  2. tryingtimes

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    Well I don't seem to sleep much after that anyway, so why not.
    Are we looking for something in particular or anything at all?
    It's a shame I don't live near the coast or a lake - I bet they look terrific at dawn.
     
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    I'd be up for this, but I'm useless :)

    Any overall tips for exposure / apeture / shutter speed etc compensations for this kind of light?

    What's the best mode to use in a dSLR?

    I'll be off to collect my tripod and get up on Saturday.
     
  4. stevegreen

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    Go on, have a go at full manual. Then it depends entirely what you are shooting, landscapes = high aperture number to ensure long dof but will need longer shutter speeds but with a tripod you will be fine, use low ISO

    It entriely depends what the light is like, but getting out there and doing it is a great way to learn
     
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    As long as saturday doesn't turn into a heavy night, and a certain park is open, then i'll be up for this :thumbsup:

    Lucky I haven't given my mate his tripod back yet :D
     
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    Count me in, I'm up for a full manual test with the 350D :thumbsup:
     
  7. tryingtimes

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    Can you do bracketing on Manual? I don't feel safe otherwise :)
     
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    This sounds like a good idea.

    I'm away at a joint stag/hen party in Norfolk anyway. I'll still probably be up at 5/6am so I'll see if I can sneak (crawl) away from the beerfest that will be happening. LOL :thumbsup:

    I'm a manual person anyway (<-- -talking about camera of course)

    Edit: Yep.. you can use bracketing on manual... on a Canon at least.
     
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    Provisionally up for it (weather permitting up here) :)
     
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    Count me in too :smashin:
     
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    Sounds good to me - this Sunday.

    This site enables you to find sunrise times for your location.

    Suggest you get to the site of your choice 30-45 mins before sunrise.

    As said in my previous post, have a plan. Scout the site beforehand (on Saturday??) and work out what you want to take, where you'll stand, what kit you'll use etc. so you're ready to go on Sunday morning. It'll save lots of probs on the day.

    And dress warm!

    Tobers
     
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    I'll be drunk. Doubt I'll have time for a plan.

    Ahaaa... I'll be drunk.. .No need to dress warm... LOL :eek:
     
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    I'm on morning shift this week which means I'm up at 4.45am and this goes for Saturday too. As much as I like taking pictures, I'll be having a lie in on Sunday! :laugh:
     
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    I've just bought a copy of 'First Light' by Joe Cornish - more inpsiration than instruction but it's interesting to see what a profound difference shooting at first light can make. There are a few pictures where dawn and daytime versions are compared. Colour & texture bear no resemblance.

    One point that's clear is that you need to have an idea of where the sun will rise in relation to your planned composition.

    £16 from Amazon and thoroughly recommended :thumbsup:
     
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    I wish I was up to this challenge... sadly not though :(
     
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    I'm a maybe!!! While it sounds like a lot of fun and you do get some great light at sunrise, there's a very good reason I've only seen a handful of sunrises in my lifetime!!!
     
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    Im really not a morning person....(When I dont have to work nights )

    Sadly unless the NHS changes I will be doing nights till I retire...:eek:

    I guess Its the what to photograph and not when that will give me more hassle:rolleyes:......"Nightscapes" was a challenge!!, I got precious little sleep that month
     
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    I'm in:) , but according to my forecast I will be taking a rain shot:(
     
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    I was thinking of going to marathon on Sunday and I have a busy day today...really not sure if I can cope with getting up that early. I'm knackered right now and need to go for 3hrs of driving to clients today.......I'll try and do it for the team though!

    G
     
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    I was awake from about 4 this morning thought real hard about going out as it was clear about 5:30.....thought better of it as I woke the kids

    went back to bed for Mrs Trev to warm my feet :D

    having a BBQ tonight think Ill go for sunset tonight and hopefully get up to be out at 5:30 in the morning:boring:

    looking forward to the results

    Trev
     
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    did,nt realise that there are two 6 O`clocks in the same day:eek:

    A word of caution to those going out at that time of morning, if you had had good drink of alcohol the night before and are driving to the location, you could well be still over the limit:(
     
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    Tomorrow morning looks like it might be cloudy, but this morning had mostly clear skies and mist hanging in the shallow valley at the River Chelmer, just east of Chelmsford, so I did the challenge a day early (is that ok? ;)). I got out just before 6am and walked to the river, just catching the mist at the right time - not too thick and not yet burnt off by the sun. I didn't catch the dawn but I wouldn't have been able to photograph anything if I had, the mist was 'that' thick in the valley here. I've got some photos on my flickr page, but here's a selected few:

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    looking across the fields of the river valley. Taken from the bridge just before reaching the steps leading down to the river.

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    At the foot of the steps, looking under the bridge back towards Chelmsford.

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    Cattle feeding by the river

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    The lock at Barnes mill. The mist had pretty much burnt away by then, leaving clear morning light that suited this quite well I think.

    It was a gorgeous morning, the meadows were covered in dew and all the spider's webs were picked out by it. I got soaked feet and trousers but it was really great and very peaceful - I only saw one other person, out walking their dog who was soaked from diving in the river and was full of beans. It's the first time I've done a shoot like this, and I really enjoyed it - I see now why my brother does it a lot.

    I took a few shots handheld but I used the tripod mostly and on some I used a grey grad filter. Colour haloing around the sun was a bit of a problem with some shots but I've tried to minimise it's effect in the shots I've processed. I can't be sure but I think it was different in the shots taken with the grad filter fitted. Might need to do some experimenting to work out if it was better or worse as I don't remember which shots had the filter and which didn't!
     
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    Oooh - number 1 for me. Very nice & atmospheric. Would like to see it bigger. V. tricky shooting into the sun - did you get any of the same scene with the sun behind you?
     
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    The view facing back this way was down in the valley so you couldn't see the landscape much, especially from this side of the river. Also because it was so misty it looked boring - low contrast flat light, so I only took one shot looking west towards the bridge, and that didn't come out very well. The shots 'at' the bridge came out ok, but you can see how the visibility fell off. By the time I got further down the valley the mist was a bit thin and just wasn't photogenic at all looking west. It was only when I got to the lock and the mist had cleared that I took shots facing west again, and you couldn't see the view from down there.

    The photos are all full-size on flickr - click on the image and then on the flickr page click on 'all sizes' just above the photo. I've got more of today's shots there too - I didn't want to swamp the thread with too many.
     
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    They're lovely.

    The sunrise here is about 5.54 tomorrow.

    I'm getting up at 5.15 then off to the local lake, and might go to the viaduct too :)
     
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    Looks like rain here tomorrow morning - so a waste of time for me. I might pop my head out on the off chance, but rainy mornings look like rainy evenings.

    :( look forward to seeing some shots though.
     
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    Its looking the same for Shropshire according to BBC weather. I shall be setting the alarm anyway and if it looks ok I will have a walk up the Wrekin as I have done no planning whatsoever..........I need to be high so I can see which direction the sun will be coming up :laugh:
     
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    If it's any direction other than East, Steve, I'd be worried. :D
     
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    :laugh:

    High is good, that'll give me all round vision :clap: (but i'll be knackered by the time I get there)
     
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    Gonna have to miss on this..:(

    Two sleepless nights in a row ;) really tired tonight so gonna have to get a lie in tomorrow.

    Will think of you all out there in the cold with your gear taking your photo's....true dedication :smashin: and will be here waiting tomorrow to comment.....
     

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