Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Early Morning Display – Takapuna Beach and Rangitoto Island

I was up at 5.30 this morning.  The night had been hot and as I’d  had a fitful sleep so I decided to start the day early.  You have to be quick with sunrises.  What got me on the beach was the sight of the rising sun catching in the hair of a girl running with her dog.  It would have made a terrific photograph, but you have to be in the right place to capture it.  By the time I reached the beach the sun had already broken over the horizon in the east, but the blues and oranges in the sky were great.

Of the three images I captured of the sun showing through the clouds, this one is the best.  I love taking sunrises and sunsets, and slowly I am learning what works and what does not.  With more time I could have chosen a different viewing point, but as I said, you have to be quick to capture the moment.

Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/13 sec, F22, ISO 100, Sigma DC 18-200 lens at 18 mm

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