Capture Beautiful Early Morning Light

 
Arrive early in the morning if you want to capture the best possible light. Photograph/Chetan Kapoor

Arrive early in the morning if you want to capture the best possible light. Photograph/Chetan Kapoor

This photograph took me all of two weeks to make, because I wanted all the elements to be just right. In landscape photography, and photography as a whole, researching your subject is of utmost importance. I found this particular spot in the Almora hills in Uttarakhand, which look beautiful early in the morning, with the rays of light cutting through the morning mist. I knew I had to photograph this.

I arrived at the scene around five in the morning, and waited for sunrise. As the sun begin to emerge from the mountains, the mist also started rising. I used a small aperture, f/19, to be exact, so that the entire scene would be in sharp focus. Another thing I did was switching to Manual Focus so that I could have complete control over the scenario. Of course, with such a small aperture, the shutterspeed would fall, so a tripod became essential. A polariser is also required for such scenarios. But what is most important is to just take a moment and take in the beauty that surrounds you. It is overwhelming.

This tip was submitted to us by Better Photography reader Chetan Kapoor. 

This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of Better Photography.

Tags: Low light, landscape, Landscape Photography, bnw photography