In the winter months, sunrises tend to be muted and if you’re lucky some pastel colors might shine through. I keep hoping for a stunningly colorful sunrise, but they have been elusive for some time now.
Trying to predict a colorful sunrise or sunset proves to be challenging, even for the best weather forecaster. The right humidity level, the right cloud cover, atmospheric pressures, etc can determine what they might be like. But a fine science it isn’t, or at least it isn’t for me.
I’ve learned about different cloud covers and look for storms as many times the skies are brilliantly colored after a storm. Another aid in my tool kit is the Skyfire feature offered with The Photographer’s Epherimis app on my iPhone 6. Available with a subscription fee.
Skyfire predicts two and half days out with their best guess as to whether or not the sunrise or sunset might offer color for the photographer. I’ve been using it nearly daily now to see just how accurate the app might be, and finding it a bit of a hit or miss.
For example, yesterday morning it showed that this morning would be brilliantly colored. But checking later on in the day and at dawn, it showed that it would be lackluster instead.
Sorry Skyfire..the sunrise was blood orange today….
It won’t stop me from using the app though as perhaps it might at least narrow down the really bad days. This way I can sleep in on those cloudy days instead of wondering what I might be missing.
These images are “SOO” or known as Straight out of Camera. I had set Shade white balance to help really boost the color and used a slow shutter speed to help smooth out the water and clouds a little.
I supposed it’s just one of those things about Nature..it should always remain a mystery.
I’ve seen the app before but haven’t used it with my iPhone, The Golden hour sure is beautiful 🙂
It was an amazing sunrise today Andy. Thank you and Happy Valentines Day!
What glorious captures – a beautiful reward for an early start to the day!
The stunning sunrise was well worth the early wakeup call. Thank you Joanne.
Definitely these are keepers and well worth the early rising.
Thank you so much Stephen. I do agree with you. 🙂
Oh, the beauty of it! Thank you for rising early and sharing these blood orange images. I especially like the last one.
You know how to pick my favorites. Thank you so much.
Beautiful images! Thanks for sharing your experience with the app.
It’s still a work in progress Ellen and I’m sure I’ll do an updated ‘review’. Thank you.
It truly was. Thank you.
Wonderful photos! And for a novice photographer it’s so helpful to read your tips on how you go about achieving such great shots. Thank you.
Thank you so much Jane, I appreciate your comments. This year I’ve started including photo tips with my posts, so stay tuned.
Thank you so much Fatima! Totally worth getting up early for.