Every morning we get up with the rise of sun, the rising sun is mystically riveting to gaze at, but we take it for granted as it is a daily occurrence. In particular it is not the same case for a photographer or for those having an eye for photography.
It is a predisposition. We somehow get skewed towards the sunset rather than the sunrise…that itself undermines the rise of sun against its own evening setting for reasons best known to the unknowns. It is the most breathtaking moment we can see on earth and we can see it every place of the earth we are, and each of the place the sun with the different landscape creates a mesmerizing magic.
The secret lies in getting glued to the distant horizon well in advance and making oneself ready for the final assault…the moments matters. The window to that moment is very limited. The instant sun starts slipping out of the envelope of fading darkness and commences the journey of emitting the brightness of light, the intensity of colour and quality of radiance in the vicinity changes so rapidly it becomes so difficult to establish a judgment which part of the scene is the best part.
It is always better to keep on clicking to capture every frame during that particular period of few minutes where the sun emerges out of the shroud. Every frame could be framed such is momentous of the moment. Hand eye coordination and the observations of the angles and the location is what one need to be watchful of. Swiftly taking the position and making the alignment to keep shooting at the rising sun is the test of one’s ability to maneuver and manage the sunrise engagement.
To get the best shot we need to get the art and science in place, art of observing and selecting the vantage spots and the science of aligning the perfect combination of the multiple settings…here goes the general guidelines.
- Focal Length – Wide angle focal length between 25 mm to 35 mm
- ISO – Lower the better, keep it less than 400
- Aperture – Smallest the best and keep it 1/50
- Shooting Mode – Priority mode ensures the depth of field
- Exposure Composition – Evaluate and control the exposure
Yes, it is just a guideline not binding rules. As photographer we should breaking rules and keep exploring the undefined and unknowns, so as to discover and re-define the convention…unconventional is the norm of playing with creative art of photography.