Some mornings you wake up early, you have meetings, or people to meet and places to go, things to do.

Some mornings you wake up and do something fun, just for you. You do that, don’t you? If not, get out there and do it!

This was one of those mornings. I woke up at what I like to call stupid o’clock, or maybe you can call it crazy o’clock. You know, a couple of hours before the sun is due to come up.

Have you ever done that? With a goal of creating a thing?
A thing like a picture?
I have! You should!

A while back I did a post about Morning Light, there you can see a shift in the light, as the sun comes up. As well a variety of images, as my composition changed throughout the morning, over a few hours.

In this post, I wanted to focus on a couple of images, captured in a short window of time. Note the differences in what can happen in 10 minutes.

With the first image I’m using a slower shutter to get some smoothness in the water. I also love the pastels coming across in the sky.


Fuji XT-1 w/35mm f/1.4
ISO200 | f/16 | 5s | 06:08 am

Here, the sun is coming up over the buildings behind me and starting to illuminate the Burj Al Arab. This combined with a faster shutter speed is a completely different image.


Fuji XT-1 w/35mm f/1.4
ISO 200 | f/8 | 1/45s | 06:18 am

When you decide to get up crazy early, or capture some photos at sunset. You’ll see quickly changing light, try different camera settings to see what you can create. Can you get several awesome images out of one trip? Absolutely!

Thanks and more new blog posts are on the way!

~ kate