I was up early for this one…
Around 6:45 a.m. I took my camera and tripod out into the cold to try to get a good shot of the amazing colors in the sunrise. I wanted to manipulate my shutter speed to control the colors so that I didn’t have to do any post-editing. The only thing that I used Photoshop for in these photos was to crop them, as they were large files.
I was able to make the photo lighter or darker depending on how slow I made the shutter speed and what ISO I used. I tend to like darker images that make the color parts stand out more. The “ray” effect was made by using a zoom lens and pulling it in or out while using a shutter speed of 2 seconds.
Folks tend to forget that you can control so many aspects of your photo in-camera and without post-manipulation. We’ve made it really easy to get funky effects by the press of a button. I just wanted to do it the old fashioned way today.