Jason Stewart  

Sunrise on Chincoteague by Jason Stewart

June 2021 - Sunrise on Chincoteague

About the Image(s)

This is sunrise on Chincoteague island. It was high tide at just about 5am. We had stopped overnight on our way back from the Outer Banks. I always drag my daughter out to see the sunrise when were near the ocean and to look for shells. I liked how there were pools of water at the tide line where the remainder would slowly flow back to the ocean so I positioned myself on one of these and lowered the shutter speed. Not only to show some motion but also it was still quite dark. I took a series of shots but was quite happy with how this one turned out.

Canon 5Diii with Canon 16-35 2.8
1/20 sec. f/2.8 19mm ISO 640, manual

5 comments posted

David Kepley   David Kepley
This is really a gorgeous shot! Compositionally, I loive how the foam streaks in the foreground take you right into the picture! Well Done!
Suggestions for improvement. I might have experimented with several different shutter speeds. You went with 1/20 and it produced a fine result, but what if you had tried 1/5 sec or 1 sec? Just a thought. I'm surprised that you got as much sharpness in the image with f2.8. Finally, check the horizon line. To my eye it seems a little tilted to the left.   Posted: 06/08/2021 09:43:27

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
You have a very dramatic and moody image that is well balanced and contains a quite strong leading line of light. Leading lines formed with breaking waves, sea foam and other such water features are unusual and this makes them interesting. In you case even the clouds form leading lines toward the center of color.

There are so many wonderful line that the eye almost misses the tilted horizon line that really should be fixed.

My suggestion is very subtle---and needs to be handled very gently. I would use a Lightroom Adjustment brush to very very slightly lighten the foreground foam on the right and in the center just enough to extend the leading line. If you over do it it will seem phony, but just a touch will produce some impact.

Nice work on this one.   Posted: 06/09/2021 08:53:53

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you both. I completely overlooked this but see what you mean about the horizon.   Posted: 06/09/2021 13:40:07

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Wonderful image Jason. I always like sunrise images, This one is gorgeous. Well done. Great leading lines and even the colors lead you to the sun rising. The amazing that I see is that the lines come for all directions leading you to the subject. I really like that dark point on the right middle of the photo that points you to the sunrise. There are a couple of things that could do to change the image but I don't think there would be much improvement if any. Great Work.
  Posted: 06/12/2021 08:24:32

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Just a beautiful image! I especially like the curved wave in the foreground with the white patches of foam. Makes this image really special.   Posted: 06/12/2021 08:49:43


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