Old School Photo Hack

In the Pre-Dawn

Waiting for sunrise -- Bear Rocks, West Virginia (October 2015)Sony a6000 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Waiting for sunrise — Bear Rocks, West Virginia (October 2015)
Sony a6000 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

17 thoughts on “In the Pre-Dawn

  1. Faraday's Candle

    I think that is Venus in the distance too. It is the brightest star in the early morning.
    How did you manage to take such a photo? Absolutely amazing colors. We are early risers and have never seen such a beautiful spectacle. All those colors!!


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author


      For one, it helps to be at relatively high altitude; Bear Rocks is at 3,999 feet, which is pretty high compared to much of the East Coast.

      Two, I shot the image when it was so dark we couldn’t even see the rocks in the foreground (lots of post-production shadow recovery there). The digital cameras of today can detect light at levels that are truly mind-blowing.

      Three, I used the window frame of our minivan for bracing and waited for all movement to stop before taking the photo.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you very much, I sincerely appreciate your comment.

      You worked at NatGeo? At the DC location or elsewhere? We drive by their old facility out in Montgomery County several times per week.

      So you are into art history? I took a bunch of art history classes in college. Have you read the History of Graphic Design by Phil Meggs? He was one of my art history instructors and the very best I’ve ever seen.

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    2. kinneret

      I worked for a publisher who bought NG so we had access to the archives and regularly had to contact Washington people for permission. Sometimes we were in touch with photographers. Some of the photographers were very nice and humble. Others not. No, have not read the Meggs book. I strongly prefer painting and haven’t had much desire to delve into other genres. There is enough with painting and drawing for a lifetime. 🙂 Yes, I meant it, your work here is gorgeous.


    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Arrogant photographers? I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! 😀

      I’ve run into my share of them; there are a lot of arrogant people in the creative community… humble ones as well, but everyone remembers the arrogant ones.

      Meggs premise was that graphic design started with the very first cave paintings, and he traced it all through the ages from there — so he covers every era and genre of painting you can think of. It’s worth a read if you’re serious about your art.

      Thank you very much for your kind words.

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