Sunrise Reflection

I have so much gear to test, that I’m having a tough time to get out and shoot. Last week I woke up early for some birding at a nearby park and saw this sunrise on the way:

Sunrise Start

The sky redness you see in the above image stood for several minutes before the sun started coming out of the horizon. After taking a couple of shots, I enjoyed the moment of tranquility and as I was getting ready to leave, found this wood piece close-by:

Sunrise Reflection

Too bad there were not any boats around, since it is a small lake…

Captured with Nikon D300 and Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.

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  1. 1
    ) Robert Gomes

    Beautiful, just beautiful!

    Any filter use here?


    • Robert, no, I didn’t use any filters. When taking pictures of reflections like this, the amount of light hitting the sky is almost the same as in the water, so no filters are necessary :)

  2. 2
    ) Amit

    Did you use a tripod?
    Did you use a polarization filter?
    Which focal length did you use? 18mm?

    • Amit, I shot both images hand-held with VR on. No polarization or other filters were used – just the bare lens itself.

      Focal length is 38mm, 1/25th @ f/8, ISO 200.

  3. 3
    ) Dennis

    Sunlight is always magical, always full of surprise how the next light will be.
    Nice photos!


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