Photographing the sunrise on Sugar Beach

I got up early this morning and biked over to Sugar Beach, on Queen’s Quay just east of Jarvis street. The sun is now swinging farther south, making it easier to capture the rising sun over water. In the middle of the summer, it’s rising over land to the east, and is quite high in the sky by the time it’s visible from the beach.

I took a series of photographs as the sun came up.

This is one of my favorites:

Sunrise on Sugar Beach #4

I like the colours of the sunrise and the water, but realize that if I want to get the picture that’s in my mind, I need to bring my tripod and shoot a series of images quickly, and then merge them together in Photoshop as a high dynamic range image (HDRI). That’s the only way I’m going to be able to capture the pink of the umbrellas and the sunrise together. Here’s a picture before the sun came blazing up:

Before sunrise on Sugar Beach

 I’d also like to see if I can catch a sunrise with some photogenic clouds.

I see more trips to Sugar Beach in my future! Maybe the ugly fence will go away, too.

(Click here if you’d like to see the full set of photos)

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