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Video – How to Shoot Stunning Photos at Sunrise and Sunset

Make the most of the beginning and end of your day.

Watch this video to pick up some great tips for creating fantastic sunrise and sunset images.

Source: Video – How to Shoot Stunning Photos at Sunrise and Sunset

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Early mornings at Rocky Mountain National Park


%22sprague-lake-at-sunrise%22It was 4 a.m. and I was back at Rocky Mountain National Park waiting for the sun to rise to yield some of the prettiest crimson highlights that I’ve seen at sunrise. It is my plan to catch a majority of all the lakes at RMNP at sunrise just for the super saturated colors you get for a ten minute window before sunrise.

There should have been a full moon in the picture but the moonset calendar is a little off and the moon set at 5 a.m. rather than at sunrise which was 6:30 a.m. My previous outing included Bear Lake and my next outing will include Bierstadt Lake.

This image was shot using a Nikon D500, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, ND4 + ND8 filter, ISO 100, f/16, 30 sec. exposure.

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The other side of sunrise or sunset

Often, photographers seek out the best location for sunrise or sunset hoping to capture the ethereal orb from a different perspective than has ever been documented. For most of us, the resulting image is similar to most other pictures of sunrises or sunsets. In Colorado and Wyoming, sunsets don’t always yield the beautiful golden glow that flatlanders experience because the sun disappears behind the mountain range long before the stunning colors of the golden hour can be experienced.

160811-SAP-021Sunrises, on the other hand often yield the harshness of the sun as it peaks over the horizon and, once again, the beautiful golden hour is seen ten to fifteen minutes prior to sunrise and when there are enough cl0uds to reflect all the great colors.

160818-SAP-017To combat these issues, I started facing the away from the sunrise and sunset and capture the pastel pink and blue hues that make the golden hour the best time to capture the light.

The next time you are out, try facing away from the impending sunrise or sunset and capture the glorious colors of the golden hour.


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Sunrise with my D500 and Tamron 150-600

As I drove to work Tuesday morning, I noticed the sun rising behind the numerous wind turbines near the Colorado-Wyoming border. I made a mental note to prepare my Nikon D500 with Tamron 150-600 lens to see how the combination performed under the harsh contrast of a cloudless sunrise.

Wednesday morning arrived and I ventured out early to ensure I could find a safe place to park my car near the vantage point I wanted. Off a dirt frontage road I found my answer as the sun began to peak behind the hill of turbines. I spun through a few settings settling upon ISO 200 and a mix of different shutter speeds and apertures to test the range of my camera-lens combination.

I chose to display a mixture of my captures in these five photos. I added a small amount of adjustments in Lightroom like +10 vibrance, sharpening with a mask, and a little noise reduction.

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