Jeff Smallwood Photography

"15 Minute Sunrise"

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It took 3 months of planning and waiting, then twice I had to reschedule due to cloudy skies, but it finally worked out this morning. Sunrise alignment with Sandy Point Lighthouse, which is near Annapolis, MD on the Chesapeake Bay. I took 37 photos without moving the camera, just shot after shot. I was so tempted to run around the beach, maybe capture the sun right behind the lighthouse or try to get different angles, but I stuck to my guns and didn't move. I had to reduce the exposure several times as the sun grew in brightness as it climbed. I then selected the best 6 where the sun was evenly spaced and created a composite, layered image. Here's another single shot of the same lighthouse from last year. It'll be about 8 months before the sun will be in this spot again. I already know what I'm going to do differently next I've got to wait so long! Kind of reminds me of Star Wars on the planet Tatooine :) I added a more detailed explanation of how I did this on my blog.