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The early riser catches the dawn in photos



Why don't more of us take great dawn and dusk photos? There are several reasons, most of them having to do with a lack of expertise.

Rick Sammon, a professional photographer, recently led a class on a visit to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, where tens of thousands of geese gather around the holiday and are photographed by hundreds of photographers. He notes that you can't just show up at sunrise and expect to catch a great photo.

"You have to be there at least an hour and a half before," he said.

Even at that hour you may be jockeying for position with other photographers.

Anytime you are shooting into the sun, Sammon said, you will have extreme light and shadow. Set your exposure for the brightest element, the sun. It is much easier to coax detail out of shadowy underexposed areas than to put colour back into overexposed areas.

To enhance shadowy details, Sammon uses a feature called "shadow highlights" found in Photoshop and Lightroom. It lets him recover images hidden in shadows and tone down highlights at the same time.

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