Tip Nº 6: Get up early

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The secret behind the stunning photos of many photographers is less technical than you may think. They get up early. For a number of reasons. This has a lot to do with the characteristics of the light and the angle of the sun’s rays but also because there are many photographic opportunities at this time of day. Here are some of the advantages of early-morning shooting.


 

  • Unlike at mid-day when the lighting is often more intense and harsh, early morning light has a softer quality about it. Think of those misty scenes with delicate lighting you’ve often seen over lakes, in forests, along coasts or in the streets of a town at dawn.

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Mermejita Beach at Mazunte, S.Oaxaca

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Fountain in the Alameda Central park

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Ex-Convento del Carmen, San Angel, Mexico City

  • If you are an early riser, you may get to see a spectacular sunrise or take advantage of that glow which lights up the scene before the sun makes its appearance.

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Sunrise over Mexico CityIMG_1728

Beach at Mazunte, S. Oaxaca

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Lake in Section II of Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

  • The angle of the sun’s rays is lower, lighting up buildings and details in a special way which gives them a more three-dimensional look. It also enhances the texture of objects.

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Building in the Centro Histórico, Mexico City

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Coral on the beach at Akumal, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

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Street in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

  • While shadows at mid-day are short because the sun is overhead, they are longer in the early morning because of the angle of the sun’s rays. Look for them and make some interesting compositions.

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Nuns walking in a street in Queretaro

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Early morning at the Basilica de Guadalupe, Mexico City

  •  The air is often clearer after the night when traffic has subsided. In big cities, this may be the best time to get those photos without the thick layer of pollution hanging in the air. And if there is contamination, it will end up looking like mist if the light filters through the particles in the air.

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View of Mexico City from Santa Fe

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Early morning in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City

  • Another good reason for getting up early and going out with your camera is that there are usually fewer people and less traffic around. In big cities, this means you can move around quicker and in tourist spots, this could make all the difference between getting shots without crowds or trying to dodge the heads of other people.

 

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

  • Some jobs and trades (like fishing) or activities (sporting events, festivals and celebrations) take place early in the day and you will have opportunities of getting some good shots which aren’t around later on in the day.

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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

  • Birds and other wildlife are often more active early in the morning, looking for breakfast or moving around before the heat of the day.

 

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Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

  • Morning dew is an added bonus for nature photography. Look out for droplets on spiders’ webs and leaves. The light may also be warm and soft for shooting flowers.

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Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

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Hibiscus flower, Akumal, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya

  • Lakes, fountains, ponds or even puddles are often still and mirror-like, providing lots of opportunities for shooting photos with reflections.

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Lake in Section II of Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

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Parque México, Condesa, Mexico City

  • As the light levels may still be low, look for silhouettes. These may be palm trees, street lamps, buildings, monuments or even your dog.

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Ozzy at Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

With all these opportunities out there, try setting your alarm a bit earlier and getting out of bed to look for some stunning photos. You won’t regret it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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