Stepping up to the water line, the cool ocean washes over my toes. As I crouch down, my Nikon D500 and iPhone X at the ready, I settle in for an amazing show.
It is easy to always keep your camera and eyes facing the horizon, but don’t forget to look around... or down! The rippling water was beautifully colored by the rising sun.
I’m used to shooting sunsets, but I have to say, the array of colors is much greater when the sun is coming up. The blues, reds, and yellows are not as pronounced as a sunset, but they have a larger gamut and blend together to create these amazing paintings.
For anyone who thinks you need super high-end equipment to take a great picture, I can assure you, such is not the case anymore. I was actually shooting with both my Nikon D500, as well as my iPhone X, using the camera in Lightroom to capture RAW photos.
Slow motion is a wonderful, if frustrating way to capture ocean waves. The trick is finding the right exposure, and using a tripod... the latter of which I did not have with me.
Interestingly enough, a couple of days after I did this shoot, Adobe announced a new feature in beta for Lightroom CC users who have iPhones: long exposure. “No tripod required!” I was both excited by the announcement, and exasperated at the timing. One week, Adobe. One. Week.
So, for you non-morning people who wait for their to be four digits showing on the clock before rolling out of bed, pack your camera bag the night before, set your alarms for early, set your coffee maker timer, get up, go, and enjoy the incredible show.
And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find there is a little bit of heaven in that ungodly hour after all.