Sunrise over Lake Ontario, Woodbine Beach

by Ram Ya September. 08, 2016 2991 views

This is a submission to our weekly theme "Sunrise". If you have not submitted an entry yet, I highly recommend this Tutorial

I was little worried about this week's theme because I am not a morning person at all. My days usually end at 4AM and begins around 10AM. So, I usually catch a glimpse of the morning sun through my window shades. For sure it is not a delightful scene for me at this hour when I am finally trying to get some sleep. However, seeing the morning sun over the lake was a great experience. 

Leuty Lifeguard Station, Woodbine beach, Toronto

As mentioned by Tiffany in her tutorial, planning ahead is crucial for any type of shoot but more so when it comes to sunrise. You're going to head out in the dark, so it makes it easier if you pack everything the night before and scout a possible location. For scouting, I just used google maps and this tool. However, I did the mistake of arriving only a few minutes to spare. Having to rush through my gear and camera settings, I made few mistakes. Biggest mistake being not paying enough attention to composition. Luckily, I was still able to capture few shots that I liked.

Sunrise over Lake Ontario

It was an eye opener to be at the beaches at this hour. There were so many people running, doing yoga, and walking. I had no idea it was this active in the morning. In the picture below, I captured a group of paddle boarders speeding towards the sun, welcoming it to Toronto.

A group of paddle boarders greeting the sun

Rising sun illuminating the lakeshore

I captured this last photo with an ND grad filter and ND6 filter because the sun was too strong at that point. However, my filters were very old and of low quality. As a result I got strong vignetting and strange color tones. I had to crop a lot from the photo to make this.

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Mialeena Nguyen 3 years, 2 months ago

Wow. The last one is definitely my favourite! Perfect positioning there with the reflection on the water directly in front of you👌🏼

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Ram Ya Replied to Mialeena Nguyen 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks a lot, Mialeena. Appreciate the comment.

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Sara G 3 years, 2 months ago

Very beautiful sunrise shot. Love the rocks in foreground and that you included the tree.

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Ram Ya Replied to Sara G 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Sara!

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Becky Brannon 3 years, 2 months ago

Lovely set!

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Ram Ya Replied to Becky Brannon 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Becky!

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Andy Lumb 3 years, 2 months ago

These are great...I'm not fond of rising early, either, but then it is my favourite time of day to photograph, I just love the light & the fresh feel to a new day. Your last photo of this lot is my favourite; the sun reflecting in the water creating a leading line, & I like the rocks in the foreground creating interest. Great stuff.

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Ram Ya Replied to Andy Lumb 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Andy. I agree, I find the light on this hour really amazing to work with.

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Bzh29 3 years, 2 months ago

I am not a morning people ... But have pleasure to see what others can do when I am still enjoying an excellent morning black coffee ...
Thanks for sharing ... and sorry if I cannot share the smel of my coffee ... :))

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Bzh29 3 years, 2 months ago

Haha, I could have used some coffee during this outing!
Thanks for your nice comment :)

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Azharul Shah 3 years, 2 months ago

Nice captured with ND Filter

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Azharul Shah 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Azharul.

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Wing Lui 3 years, 2 months ago

Love them all!

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Ram Ya Replied to Wing Lui 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you for the comment, Liu.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 2 months ago

Last one goes to my favs, even with old filters. :-)

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Antoni.

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Amy Daniels 3 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Amy Daniels 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Amy

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 2 months ago

Brilliant series......Wow!
All to my favorites!

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Jay.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 3 years, 2 months ago

Thank YOU!

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