Featured Photo: Cape Hatteras Sunrise

Okay, it’s cliché — I know. But here’s a sunrise picture for the New Year, photographed at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina. For a little context: it was February, and it was bitter cold.

Cape Hatteras Sunrise

Incoming wave at sunrise, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

But otherwise this picture was fairly straightforward to make. After shooting some pre-dawn images, I set up nice and low to the ground to highlight the waves by making them relatively large in the frame. A slow shutter speed gave the wave a slight blur, suggesting motion; putting the horizon high in the frame helped emphasize the incoming wave.

Then it was just a matter of hoping the right wave came in when the sun came up. I think it did, and the reflection in the water helps draw the eye right to the sun, and a new beginning. Okay, sorry – that was a bit over the top. But Happy New Year, anyway!

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