Despite the trouble it causes during it’s first few weeks (we have a young son), I like daylight savings time. Without it, I’d have a much tougher time convincing my hiking buddies to start early enough to get those early morning photos I love so much.
Looking back through the photos I’ve taken over the years, I always seem to gravitate towards those that were taken around sunrise. In particular the 2 hours that surround sunrise, approximately starting an hour before until an hour after. The colors, the solitude, and somehow knowing that few willingly make the sacrifices needed to see what I am seeing, make it a very special and unique time for me. Hiking with a headlamp or by moonlight leading up to this time is also great; the time and mileage seem to pass much faster for me.
Whats’s your favorite time for hiking and taking photos? Feel free to share some of your best below.
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Here’s some info on the gear I carry, when I have photography in mind:
- Camera Carry Systems – in my experience, an essential piece of keep to keep my camera easily accessible and secure. These are the two systems I’ve used:
- Sony NEX
- In my experience, it’s a great compromise for weight vs. quality. One of my best purchases ever.
- Nikon D80
- It doesn’t get used much anymore, but if there’s something wrong with the NEX or if I need more control (moon photos for example), I carry it.
- In the past, I’ve just used UV filters as a way to protect my lenses. Recently though, I’ve been using a CPL Filter for my sunrise photos and have been happy with the results.
- Sony NEX