I was up at 4 am (thus the “seriously, seriously wrong” movie reference) to go photograph the sunrise at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis Maryland this morning. I met up with another photographer before sunrise and we set up for the shoots we like to do. JC likes to do HDR stuff. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. He takes anywhere from 3-10 photos at various exposure settings and then blends them in software. For some images, you have to choose whether you want the highlights right, or the shadows, you can’t do both. With HDR, you can get both in one image. JC does it better than many folks I’ve seen. His photos look “natural”, the way your eye might see it. A lot of folks that do HDR go nuts and it looks messed up.
I’ve been messing with long exposures to smooth out water and give it an ethereal look.
Anyways, I got over to the park right behind JC and we got set up about half an hour before sunrise. It was 20 freakin degrees outside. We geared up and went for it. My results are here. I’ll see about gettting a link to JC’s page and adding it later.
The only downside to this more or less impromptu shoot was I didn’t get back in time to make the Scholastic Art presentation today at Delaware State College. I’m kind of bummed about that.