Shooting before sunrise can be tricky but rewarding. The tricky part is that such images may look a bit lifeless without sunlight. At times they may look flat. These images may also appear cold. This is why the time before sunrise is called the blue hour. If we photograph scenes that should look warm and vibrant this time of day is probably not best. However, the blue hour may also be rewarding to shoot if paired with the right scene.
The majority of this image looks cold, but that suits the scene with a lake and clouds. The cold look is taken advantage of rather than being a problem. Yet, I wanted to create some color tension which I introduced by waiting until the sky (or part of it) showed some warmth. During post processing I also brightened and warmed up the walkway and deck in the distance. It is important not to overdo it to remain looking natural.
There are a few things to look out for when taken images such as this.
As I have said before. Different weather or kinds of light does not rule out photographing as long as you carefully chose what to shoot that suits the weather conditions or the kind of light. Even harsh, middle of the day, light can be used effectively to show heat and drought if pairs with the right scene that calls for that kind of light. So don't put the camera away, find what works with the conditions or light.
Go out and photograph.
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