Simple Clicks – Sunrise over the city

BRENT PENNINGTON The city of Scranton as seen at sunrise from East Mountain on the morning of 10 March 2013.

I was up at sunrise yesterday despite the time-shift – or because of it, actually. I may be one of the few people who actually likes “springing ahead,” since it moves sunrise to a much more tolerable time for another few weeks, making it that much easier for me to get out and enjoy it.

At any rate, I drove up to the lookout on East Mountain with just a vague idea of shooting a few frames of the city at sunrise. The sunrise itself was happening over the mountain, in the wrong direction; I had hopes that it would spill over to the far horizon as it progressed, but no dice; it fizzled out instead.

BRENT PENNINGTON The city of Scranton as seen at sunrise from East Mountain on the morning of 10 March 2013.BRENT PENNINGTON The city of Scranton as seen at sunrise from East Mountain on the morning of 10 March 2013.

I shot in two batches; one in the very purple, pre-sunrise light, and a second set once the light was filling the valley. Without the foliage, it’s easier to see a wider swath of the valley; but it’s also a very stark landscape. There’s also the issue of sharpness, which in the extreme telephoto shots isn’t the greatest. That’s a lot of air I’m shooting through, a lot of thermal changes between chimneys, exhausts, and the like influencing different air layers in between the valley floor and the mountainside.

BRENT PENNINGTON The city of Scranton as seen at sunrise from East Mountain on the morning of 10 March 2013. BRENT PENNINGTON The city of Scranton as seen at sunrise from East Mountain on the morning of 10 March 2013. BRENT PENNINGTON The city of Scranton as seen at sunrise from East Mountain on the morning of 10 March 2013. BRENT PENNINGTON The city of Scranton as seen at sunrise from East Mountain on the morning of 10 March 2013.

Not quite what I’d hoped in the end, but a good practice run for a morning when the conditions work right.

Shooting info: E-M5 + Oly 75-300mm, ISO 200, f/8-10, manual mode & tripod mounted with 2-second timer.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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  1. Where’s the city?

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