Figure 1. Blue hour grudgingly gives way to gold; 5:59 am, 15 March 2021. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Purple, blue, cyan, yellow, gold, orange, magenta, pink, and red are all present in this view (figure 1). I consciously underexposed the image by about a stop because my Nikon meters green and routinely blows out the reds. Then it’s a game in post-processing of bringing up the shadows and midtones to recover the brightness as my eye saw it.

Thereafter the yellows have been muted, and magenta slightly boosted to distinguish it from red and pink. All this editing is done these days in Capture One, which does the best job of dealing with Z 7ii RAW files.

The most interesting thing about the sunrises at the shore (when you can see the horizon) is how the red starts at that horizon and blasts westward over one’s head at near supersonic speed, marching just in front of the terminator line where the sun actually rises above the horizon. In the time it takes to capture a few photos, or to do a little fiddling with the exposure to account for the increasing brightness, the red has nearly passed you by and the yellows and oranges of the golden hour are left in possession of the sky (figure 2). This all assumes there is the right kind of cloud cover to scatter the colors.

Figure 2. Gold displaces blue and red; 6:08 am, 15 March 2021. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Figure 1: ISO 64, 1 s, f/9, 24 mm.

Figure 2: ISO 64, 1/40 s, f/10, 24 mm.

Both photos: Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 zoom (with FTZ adaptor).

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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