A Winter's Sunrise - Capitola, California

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Two days after my "landscape photography in 21 minutes" image, it was Kendra who alerted me to the sunrise happening out our window. I am not much of a morning person, so I need these types of reminders.


Off I raced to Capitola. The pinks, purples, and reds had subsided, but I got some really nice golds and blues as the sun was about to rise. I used my Sing-Ray 3-stop reverse grad to balance the sky. And the lesson for the day is to try your best to get it right in the camera while in the field. Because you never know when your brain is not functioning 100% and you forget your camera is set on JPG only with the worst compression setting you can choose. Oops!


You see, I was snapping some photos the night before that were headed straight for email. In my rush the next morning, I forgot to change back to RAW. I was pretty surprised how well this particular image held up to editing, but it certainly helped to have a pleasing white balance and a decent exposure to work with.


Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 13mm

1/125 sec @ f8, ISO 400 (dialed this in to freeze the sea gulls flying across the sky)

Singh-Ray 3-stop reverse GND filter

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Taken on January 15, 2011
  • 12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0
  • ƒ/8.0
  • 13.0 mm
  • 1/125
  • 400
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
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