It was way too early when the alarm went off at 3:15 am the morning of my Lake Huron Location Scout. But I’d figured if I was driving up that way I might as well get up early to make a seascape photograph while I was at it. I packed my gear the night before to make things a bit easier, all I had to do was load it into the car.
The drive up to Kettle Point was fantastically uneventful, though I did see four rabbits which is always nice. I kept looking off to the east and I had an uneasy feeling, the sky seemed too bright. Was I going to make it to the beach in time? Here’s how my morning looked:
3:15 am – wake up call
4:00 am – load the car and leave for Kettle Point, gear was packed the night before
5:00 am – arrive at the Kettle Point beach, set up and begin photographing in pre-sunrise light
5:47 am – sunrise, wrap shoot and continue on my location scout
It turns out that this time of year the sun is pretty far north. So much so that when I was at Kettle Point I could practically watch it rise over Lake Huron.
So instead of rising behind a land mass and buying me some time filled with beautiful soft light, it rose shining it’s harsh morning rays right on my rocks. Luckily I was familiar enough with the location I was able to make a photograph before things brightened up too much, but the timing was a little too close for my comfort. Next time I’ll have to pay closer attention to where the sun will be rising and maybe even get up extra early.