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Early Morning at the Beach

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

Getting up early in the morning always has it’s own magic. For starters, one doesn’t have to go anywhere. Solely staying at home, drinking coffee, reading Newspapers, while everybody else still is asleep. Witnessing the birth of a new day, is enough to feel the magic. Attempts to reconstruct these moments later the same day are useless, pointless. It can’t be redone.

Each time I shoulder my gear to catch magic moments with a camera, I get what I was looking for. It’s almost certain. Next to a lake, at the beach, on a hilltop: Sunrises, the minutes before and after, fill ones heart with happiness and energy. It makes the spectator feel humble before this incredible scenery, colors, sounds and the changing lights.

And so it was a few days ago, when the editor decided to visit a spot on the eastern coast of Funen he visits quite often through the seasons and years. Arriving at the spot approximately on hour before sunrise is crucial. It is important to rig the setup without any haste in order to be able to enjoy the scenery that is going to happen in a little while. It is often still dark, nobody around, not even the birds had awaken at that time. In about an hour one will hear a concert of birds singing to praise the new day, swans will be flying by and the geese will pick their formations to fly more south, as they do every year.

This is the first image from this day,  shot it at 5:36 am, catching focus with a red laser beam, because the camera couldn’t meter nor focus in the pitching dark.

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New Position to get a shot with much more exposition. This is now going where i wanted to:

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The next Photo is shot exactlydirection North, with the upcoming “light” from the east –> the right. At this time it was  till very dark but the camera, set with an exposure time of 155 seconds, was still able to “see” the horizon as well as everything else:

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This however is the best caption from that morning. Bullseye. It was still as dark as a laser beam was necessary to let the camera find focus.

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These images were taken between 6 am and 6:40 am, still one hour to go before sunrise and perfect darkness. The camera at hand was unable to get focus without the help of a red laser beam pointer. Remember to bring such an instrument when attempting to conduct a series of night shots. Also remember to bring waterproof clothing like rubber boots. Especially when shooting close to water. Your Tripod is indispensable, remember this one at least! Good hunting!

© 2014 – Oliver Haas-Jensen, All Rights Reserved


Swiss expat, living in the green middle of Denmark since 1992. Family man, amateur photographer and editor of this site. I publish my photographic work from exploring my surroundings, travels and events i attend to in order to share it with the visitors of this site. Welcome to Olivers Film Roll.

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