No kind of photography is easy. However I think nature photography is even more difficult because the photographer has to deal with ambient light, which is usually beyond his control. In other words, in order to get astonishing results you must be “in the right place and at the right time”. Because high quality lighting is hard to get. Even if some kind of accessories like diffusers or flash guns are used you are still highly dependent of the ambient light. This light can be very different depending on place, time of the day, weather and even the season when taking the photos.
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Sunrises and sunsets make no exception to these rules. I personally enjoy all of them, however I think only a few can really be breathtaking. And even if they are (when looking at them), it is not always easy to convey these unforgettable moments into extraordinary photos.
As mentioned before you must be in the right place and at the right time. For this you might need to do some small “sacrifices” like waking up very early. Still sleepy and sometimes freezing in the cold air of the morning you must be able to do the right settings, find the right angle, do a smart composition of the frame in order to get a picture which will make others say “woooooow!”. If you don’t have a tripod, things might get even more complicated. But if you are able to perform all these steps successfully, well, the “sacrifice” will certainly pay off.
Ok, so much with the theory. Now let’s enjoy the pictures that tell the story of one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever lived. It was in Crete last year while I was on holiday. My only regret is that I didn’t have a tripod which would have helped me build a time lapse. Nonetheless I think the “sacrifice” I was talking about earlier fully paid off.