Having fun with trees at Sunrise

Overview

Recently we went to Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve at the crack of dawn. During the course of sunrise we were able to capture stunning sunrise photos. As always the challenge is that sunrise comes too quickly, and we only had a limited time to capture it. We arrived at Rietvlei Dam reserve when it was still very dark and armed with our cameras and a flask of hot coffee we captured epic sunrise photos at the nature reserve.

Some of the types of the photographs which we wanted to take were:
·         Tree Photos;
·         Sunrise Photos; and
·         Incorporating Wildlife

Trees

Trees always make a good foreground, and if you incorporate it with sunrise and a misty morning then you will have proper use of colour, surroundings and atmosphere in your photos.
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
1/250 sec
Aperture
f/5.6
ISO
100
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
150mm
Camera
Canon
Model
760D
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
1/200
Aperture
f/5.6
ISO
100
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
150mm
Camera
Canon
Model
760D
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
1/200
Aperture
f/5.6
ISO
100
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
150mm
Camera
Canon
Model
760D

Sunrise Photos

I would recommend using a wide focal length, as this will increase your visibility of the landscape in your photographs.
To get dramatic red-colours in your photograph, aim your camera to the sky, click your shoot button half way so that the camera focus on the sky. Move your camera downwards towards the sunrise, and then press your shutter button fully down and take the photograph. Important note: Don’t stare into the sun as this will cause blindness, and even more so via your viewfinder as this have a magnifying effect. After you have taken your photograph then view it in the playback, and evaluate it. Things to look for in your evaluation is: 1. is your white balance correct (via your histogram), 2. Is your horizon level, 3. Is there enough detail in your photograph?
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
1/1000
Aperture
f/10
ISO
100
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
150mm
Camera
Canon
Model
760D
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
1/640
Aperture
f/8
ISO
100
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
150mm
Camera
Canon
Model
760D

Incorporating Wildlife

You can as well incorporate local wildlife in your photos. In the following photo I included the silhouettes of two blesbok. I enjoyed watching them walk around, and me trying to get the best angle to get the perfect photograph.

Setting
Value
Exposure Time
1/250
Aperture
f/5.6
ISO
100
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
150mm
Camera
Canon
Model
760D
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