THE GOLDEN HOUR

Sunrise Photos From Waking Up to Final Results

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Heidi Horvath, Photographer / Writer

I have to say, It’s not easy getting early morning sunrise shots if you are a night owl like me, Hahaha.. BUT, I must say, when I have captured such gorgeous morning sunrises, the beauty has been so incredibly worth it!

Capturing the Colors of a morning sky can be so phenomenal. I marvel at natures beauty, and see all the little things she offers. Having a sky with a little bit of clouds is even more interesting! What I do suggest is getting your camera gear ready to go the evening before. Get all your settings set, etc. Be up before the sunrise so you can get it all in! There is just a few precious moments to do it all. As quick as a sunset goes down, the sunrise is coming up just as fast! Each second is completely changing.

I highly suggest taking sunrise shots wherever your heart leads you. I personally love shooting them over water, beaches, etc. I try to capture them as most pure, and as I see them. Nature itself is so incredible, and so is the Camera… That’s why we all do it right? It’s capturing these Amazing moments!

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Photo by Heidi Horvath

One of my most favorite sunrise moments was shooting from Catalina Island, Ca. towards Long Beach Ca. I by chance had got up to get a drink of water, and was floored by what I saw, (Actually blinded by the direct light of the peeking Sun, Hahaha!) The Condo I was in faced the Ocean. I had to grab my camera with my new lens – Nikon 18-200mm and shoot! These photos were so stunning! Even without much editing, there were spectacular scenes with such with amazing colors!

After getting home, I did some post editing and had even more fun with colors! Some of these amazing shots I have on my Greeting Cards Collection. Some shots I had framed, and are always a big hit, well received with happy marveled responses! That makes me feel so great! Many say – “What a gorgeous Sunset!” I say — “Oh no, that is a Sunrise!” They can’t believe it and are amazed. I am very happy and proud to say it’s a sunrise, all you late birds and night owls can understand why…

I suggest shooting in a high resolution RAW or Fine JPG high resolution. Big reason is you may want to do a large scale canvas or a photo print with some of those amazing shots! Of course finding a lab, canvas printer or place to print those exact beautiful colors are key.

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Photo by Heidi Horvath

I can honestly say I love taking sunrise photos, for there is so much that can be captured. From Start to Finish, I don’t think there are any bad photos really. Nature has a way of all the details being so perfect. It’s the capturing and the skill of that capture that is the thrill, and the fun of the chase!

Happy Capturing! Go get those sunrises!

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