Hey guys, so the first time I went out shooting after I got back from Jordan I made a terrible mistake; in my sleepy haze I forgot to realize that the sun comes up at different times in different places (DUH!). So I got up early to go down the the sand dunes about an hour away to do some sunrise photos, but unfortunately I only made it about 30 minutes before I realized the sun was on its way up! So I hurriedly drove to a coastline spot that I had scoped out earlier and got there after the best colors were already gone. So I did what I could to get the best photo possible and pulled out my graduated neutral density filter. By using this filter I could darken up the sky and get good color in it without having to underexpose the whole photo. Because I was in a hurry you can see where the filter started to fade on the horizon line, a mistake that can easily be correct in post processing but for this purpose I wanted to leave it. The result was great! I was using my favorite lens, the Nikkor 14-24mm with a 100 ISO and a aperture of f/11. I was shooting it in aperture priority mode and using the exposure compensation set to overexpose .7 stops. I did the EC so as to make sure the dark rocks in the foreground didn’t come out too dark and dull as sometimes happens at sunrise with darker objects. Next time I’ll just make sure to leave the house on time to get the shot I was planning on!
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