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For Horia - Study of a Sunrise (28)
Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
I have dedicated this picture to Horia Bogdan because I know he likes this one.

This photo came straight from Ian Cameron's (Professional landscape photographer) advice in his photography course I did in October of this year.

After a very vivid sunrise - and a rather early morning start - (I actually can't remember now if it was 5:15am or 4:45am - all I can remember is a that it was quarter to/past five in the morning!), then a trek up to almost the top of the Old Man of Storr in the Isle of Skye - in darkness needing head torches (took about 75 minutes having had no breakfast) - carrying all our camera equipment and tripods (usually I bale on the tripod when treking with my camera), we were starting to look around at other photo options when I remembered something Ian had said to us in an afternoon lecture the day before. I can't remember the exact phrasing (sorry Ian), but it was along the lines that whilst vivid sunrises look fantastic, most people don't actually want really bright and vivid colours on their walls, but look towards pastel colours and that they are amongst one of his biggest sellers.

So with that in mind, and after the most amazing sunrise, when it had passed its best I my humble opinion, I took a series of photos that included this one.

Because of the likeness of the 3 photos that I wanted to upload to show the most amazing sunrise, I have actually put the other 2 as workshops. They are almost entirely identical in composition and were taken within 35 mins prior to this picture.

So this picture is actually the last of the 3 taken at 8:11am when the colours had really started to fade considerably.

I can guarentee that there will have been a 1 or 2 stop soft graduated Netral density filter, but don't recall which at the moment. I also can't quite remember if I used my polarising filter either - I was the only person who took food and water up the hill with us, but at that moment in time - wrapped up in hat, scarf and gloves, stamping my feet to get warm and beginning to feel really tired, my body was reminding me of that early start.

So in keeping with the title here are the pictures in the workshop and the earlier phase of the sunrise.

Picture 1 7:30am, F/8, 2.5 seconds, 2 stop soft graduated ND Filter. A vivid start of crimson and yellows with the sea reflecting the night sky

Picture 2 7:46am, F/8, 1/5 seconds, 1.5 stop soft graduated ND Filter. Fading to yellows and oranges now reflected in the sea water.

And finally this one, the final apricot and pastel colours starting to reflect the clouds and muted colours that followed for the rest of the day.

So for Horia, please enjoy. and I will catch up with everyone when I get back on Monday from my brother's 21st birthday - and to everyone who has just gone - 21st? I have a son/daughter that age - yes I know :-)

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Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
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Yellow and oranges

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Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
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07:30 and some very vivid colours starting to arrive.