Archive for October 24th, 2009



Cape May Sunrise

Cape May Sunrise

Without resorting to Neutral Density filters over the lens, sunrises are among the hardest of scenes to image. You have a great range of light, with a very bright band, generally, just at the horizon. Getting the foreground to look natural is a real challenge…such a challenge that we are used to seeing sunrise shots which, in fact, have the foreground much darker than it ever appears in real life…when you are standing there on the beach facing the sun.

With the Sony H50 I have learned to just bias the exposure somewhat for the sky, enough to keep the colors in the sunrise intense, and work the rest of the image in Lightroom. I just tip the camera up to take the exposure reading, then reframe. Quick and dirty, but it works.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F4.0 @ 1/80th @ ISO 100. Programmed Auto.

In Lightroom, some Recovery for the sky and highlights in the dawn. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Blackpoint to the right. Then I pulled a Graduated Filer Effect up from the bottom to just over the horizon and added exposure and brightness, as well as additional Clarity and a little Contrast to the foreground only.

From my new Cape May 10/09 gallery.