Last evening we drove on to the Island to have dinner at the club. All I could see was a magnificent sunset. I just wanted to stop and take photos. Not an option. Getting up at dawn was though. The observatory said sun rise at 5.45 so I was out at 5.15. The first smudges of red were tinting the base of the clouds. Ominously though there were a few distant lightning forks and some rumbles of thunder.
I had the X-T1 mounted on the tripod and I put on the 10-24mm OIS zoom. The deep reds never happened. I waited over an hour until the sun was well above the hilltops. A disappointing start to the day. I took about 50 shots including some bracketed ones although to be honest the dynamic range on the histograms prove this wasn’t really necessary. I should trust the histogram more. I was worried the sun patches would burn out but they didn’t.
Here are 3 shots, all taken from the same spot but very different in nature. I am indebted to Steve Gingold for suggesting a tighter crop on the sky.
This was my original choice (cropped).
This is 3 frames merged – I’m not convinced it is worth doing in this instance!
And this is a totally different look and feel as the sun is over the hilltops and everything is warming up.
And just for fun, the amazing glow of dawn in monochrome.