Mesmerizing Sunrise at Lake Superior in Upper Peninsula, Michigan.
Story Behind the Photo
I was lazy to wake up that day as I was too tired from several days of constant travel. It was already 6:30 in the morning and my wife could see out of our room window that Sunrise would happen anytime. She alerted me to go as I could miss that Sunrise I planned for the day before. I rushed to the Car and drove to a spot that I scouted previous day. I was pretty sure that the location would be ideal for Sunrise because of the tree line at the far end.
I rush to the spot with my tripod and camera to quickly set it up as I could see some hint of colors. My hands were freezing to death because I forgot to wear my gloves. I hurriedly wore the gloves as I was searching for something interesting to include in the foreground.
I found a log that was submerged in the water with interesting shape. That was a beautiful one to work with. As I put my tripod in the water to get a photo I was swept by the waves that left my feet cold. I was hopping back and forth to avoid the waves hitting my feet again as they were already freezing.
By then the sky was getting filled with amazing palette of colors. There was probably time for one or two more photographs. I was going crazy as I couldn’t miss that moment. I had to make atleast one photograph that represents such an amazing Sunrise.
The log was not helping me to get a perfect composition and there wasn’t much time left. I ran like crazy several feet back and used the waves as leading lines and placed the log in the middle ground to create much needed depth.
Then…I prayed to get the waves that form an interesting line which leads the viewer into the scene.
Next thing I remember is I was delighted to see what I got in my viewfinder. I looked up to see the scene and it was all gone!
What was the next thing I realized? Any guess?
My feet were frozen to death. I rushed back to my hotel excited to show what I got to my wife and to thank her J
Body: Nikon D7100
Lens: NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED AF-S DX Zoom Lens
Focal Length: 12mm
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
Aperture (f-stop): f/10
Shutter Speed: 1 sec
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Spot Metering
Shooting Mode: Manual Mode
Notice that I have used aperture of f/10 instead of using the lowest aperture value. You have to figure out what works best for your lens. Some lenses tend to introduce lot of diffraction when stopped down considerably (especially true for cropped-frame lenses) and also loses the sharpness considerably.
It is generally better to check for the sharpness of your lens at different Aperture values. This way you know the best values that would yield sharpness and deeper Depth of Field.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Day Ahead!