In the height of last week’s heat wave I could be found on Ipperwash Beach at sunrise. Such a gorgeous start to the day! I really wish we lived closer to the water. Can you imagine a dip in the lake before your workday? Dreamy…
My alarm clock went off at 3:30 and I was definitely not interested in getting out of bed. It was really warm that night and we don’t have air conditioning so I slept terrible. I was out the door on my way to the beach by 4am, car windows down with a cool breeze blowing through, almost making up for the ungodly hour. I drove through patches of fog so thick it left moisture on my windshield.
When I got to the beach just after 5am I wasn’t alone, a couple arrived before me and were busy flirting and splashing in the lake. A heartwarming sight indeed but not ideal for photography so I headed east. Sunrise was at 6:06 so I had to work fast. I got the camera and tripod all set up and began scanning the horizon for interesting cloud formations lit up with pinks and purples.
The sky was so bright I struggled with the exposure – expose for the sky and the water was too dark, expose for the water and the sky was too bright losing all of it’s subtleties. In the end I went somewhere in the middle, then I processed two versions of the raw file in Capture One Pro, one to make the water look good, the other for the sky. I merged them in Photoshop using layers, retouched the dust, and here we are.
I don’t typically Photoshop my images much so this was a bit of a change for me. I could have done something similar in camera using lens filters but I don’t have any in my arsenal that would have done the trick. If I end up making more photographs like this it’s definitely something I’ll be investing in.
I wanted to experiment with colour, large areas of blues and pinks streaking through my photograph, somewhat painterly. It’s a bit of a change from what I normally do which is why I’m dying to hear what you think!
Do you like the abstractness or would you prefer an image with more of a focal point? What about the water, would you like to see it smoother or are you more of a wave person? And the sky, do you like the smeary clouds or are you partial to more of a traditional cloud shape? Is the pink of the sunrise too much or do you ache to see more?