Wednesday, November 02, 2011

A chilly morning in Davangere

Last weekend, I was in Davangere with my in-laws and sister-in-law. We had 2 days to spend there. Winter was about to set in and the early mornings and late nights were getting quite chilly. My wife floated the idea of going on the Davangere - Harihara highway early in the morning, where there's a road-side lake offering a very nice view of the sunrise. Decision made, we all woke up at 5:00am and headed out to the spot by car. A quiet 20 minutes drive, brought us to the lake. Walking around a bit, I found a spot to set-up my tripod and camera.
Reading about photography, one would know that the best times for landscape photography is about half-hour before/after sunrise and half-hour before/after sunset. I seldom had a chance to get to a beautiful spot during those times. So, what I discovered on this outing was a revelation. What they say in those photography forums is much beyond true! These times force you to think different and photograph out of your comfort zone. Gone were my belief about "fast shutter speed = good/sharp photos". During these times, especially there are water and cloud elements involved, capturing them at slow shutter speeds gives an altogether different dimension to the way the photo comes out.

So, all-in-all:
a) Early morning photography - check
b) Witness a beautiful sunrise - check

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