Photography: Morning Glory


The old saying “The Early Bird Gets The Worm” has tremendous meaning in the realm of photography. To get the most amazing depth and color out of an outdoor scenic photo is to be able to wake up before the sun. Yes, this may be extremely difficult for those who must watch the season finale of “The X-Factor” or Monday Night Football, but it’s worth every moment.

How this works…

Time the shot just when a kiss of sunlight hits the top of the grass, mountains and trees, which usually is about 30 minutes before the sun actually rises. Make sure the sun is angled from the side to increase depth of field. Bring a wide angle lens with a low number focal length such as the Nikkor 10-24mm and the Cannon 10-22mm. The low focal length and wide angle allows the shooter to pack more information into the photo. Bring the lens close to a foreground object, whether it’s a collection of flowers or small trees to provide an eye-catching lead into the rest of the photograph. Also, a circular polarizing filter can be used to virtually eliminate glare and create a dramatic separation between land and sky. Don’t forget to drink lots of coffee to wake up.

…Dunkin Donuts really owes me big for this post…