Before sunrise the light reflected from the sky hitting the scene is very soft and diffused, which means the shadows are very weak. Therefore the colour of the sky will be blue on clear days and grey on cloudy days, such lighting conditions can create very atmospheric photographs.
use aperture mode
cameras which do not have the Aperture Priority use scene settings, such as ‘dusk/dawn’, ‘nightlight’ or ‘sunset’ modes (experiment which of these modes works best for your image).
use a tripod to avoid camera shake as exposure will be long
I am always taking photographs, either using my Nikon, Fuji X-A1, Sony a6000 or my mobile phone.
The photo below has been taken with my BlackBerry Passport.
The photo has been edited using the phone's editing software, which I think is just amazing for minor adjustments like colour enhancement, black & white conversion or even toned photos. The photo was taken in colour before editing. Every other week I will post quick tips on editing images on mobile phones.
The photo below was taken on a cloudy day on a country road near Highclere Castle.
For this photo, I decreased the contrast slightly to soften the overall look of the image, no colour adjustments were done.
I am always taking photographs either with my DSLRs: Nikon, Fuji, Sony or with my Blackberry. All the photographs have be taken with my mobile phone by the Newbury canal. There are so many photographic opportunities around us, we just have to photograph what catches our interest.
This photograph was taken looking over the bridge, I quite liked the fullness in the trees, the boats and the reflections. As I was looking through the camera, I saw someone walking towards the bridge, I waited for the passer by to appear in the frame before taking the photograph.
View over the bridge
This photograph has been taken looking on the other side of the canal, with framing just the boats.
Boats on the canal
As I was walking further along the canal, the colours and reflections in the water caught my eye - had to take this photograph.
Not far from where the above photograph was taken, I spotted this bridge, the light was just amazing the way it was lighting parts of the bridge.
All the above photographs were taken on my mobile phone, each photograph was just enhanced slightly to bring up the colours or converted into a black & white photograph. These photographs have been watermarked in Lightroom.
Look out for the part two of 'A walk around the Newbury Canal'