I am not sure which one is better - watching the sun go down and the light slowly fade out or getting up before sunrise and watching the day begin and darkness dissipate. Well, they are both pretty good with one requiring that little bit of extra effort to get up when it's still dark outside :-)
I have made it a part of my travel routine, when going over to the eastern states of Australia, to wake up before sunrise and to head out to the wonderful coast out there for my morning photography vigil. Sometimes you get stunning colours, sometimes out don't but it is still worthwhile nonetheless.
This photo was taken on one such morning vigil at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales in February. While the morning colour show faded out somewhat, I decided to play creative with the polarising filter. When using a polariser with wide angle lens one is very likely to get uneven light over the sky. I usually do not mind it too much and this time I wanted that effect and hence the unusual looking sky and clouds, especially in the top right of the frame. I also wanted for the water in the foreground to be balanced between cloud reflections and revealing at least a little bit of the bottom. It took some careful turning of the filter to achieve the result that I wanted.
There is the option available of blending exposures and I have seen a number of photographers blend the polarisation effect successfully from multiple exposures taken with various polariser settings. I do, however, still prefer to take my photos as one exposure where possible.
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