One Sunrise, Two Versions

This morning I went to Caspersen Beach, arriving just at sunrise.  Being on Florida’s gulf coast, sunrise happens behind the beach, so when you look out on to the gulf, you tend to see the faint colors of night disappearing over the horizon.  The vantage point for this photograph was almost due south with the colors of the sunrise on the left and the last of the night on the right.

_DSC1352 Gallery Color

The top photo in this post is my take of the scene in color. I am pleased with it, but it seems so much like the thousands of other sunrise scenes I see on Facebook, so … I decided to rework the scene into a black and white, the results of which are below._DSC1352 Gallery

In color photography, the color, all by itself, can be the subject, whereas in B&W photography it is essential that the scene have some structure to it; leading lines, varying textures, dynamic lighting, etc. I believe this scene has sufficient structure and dynamic range to make a B&W interpretation successful.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Which do you prefer?

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Another Haystack

I was at the pier for sunrise, and back there again for sunset.  I took a similar photograph a couple of years ago at sunrise, looking west as the terminator between night and day dropped below the horizon.  That photograph (see it here) has proved to be one of my most popular images.  Today’s sunset was very subdued, so I decided to make something of it through a long exposure, knowing full well that the daylight would be dimming throughout the five minute exposure.

_DSC1319 GalleryAll-in-all, it turned out okay. I opened up the shadow area under the pier during post processing to show more detail than appeared in the image straight out of the camera. Maybe I will reprocess it in the next day or so to saturate the colors in the sky a little more.

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