I was away last week. Spent 5 days at a camp at Lake Sebu. At camp, rise and shine was around 5 AM, so there was no sleeping in, although I managed to stay in bed till 5:30 a few times. Not being a camper, I got away with it. On the first morning, I got up at around 4:45 and got on my bike, which I hadn’t ridden in a while, except the day before, just to test it out. So that morning it hurt to sit down on the hard seat, but I managed. I pedaled about a kilometer up the road from the camp, up to this hill overlooking the lake. The view really wasn’t spectacular. I was actually a little disappointed and I started to experiment to see if I could create a shot that might turn out to be interesting. So… I shot into the rising sun.
I took 10 exposures, setting the camera to manual mode, fixing the aperture and varying the shutter speed. Yes, I used a tripod. Did a lot of fiddling in photomatix and some more fiddling in Aperture 3. I got into quick brushes in Aperture 3, applying burn and contrast overlay. I’m still not totally satisfied with the result, but it is the best I can do for now. Still have a lot to learn.