Waking up in the middle of the night and driving to arrive in a location before sunrise is not so comfortable, but the results make it worth. The sunrise light allows you to shoot on a specific location with great light and make some beautiful images.

Usually I will carry one to two cameras for this kind if shooting. The light changes very fast during dawn and you only have a very narrow time window when the light is good. This time, I carried more cameras to try to make the most out of a specific seascape scenery. I did some scouting a few days ago and spotted the position of the sun during dawn (with the help also of the very good LightTrack app for my iPad).

So, I had my cameras setup just before dawn and started making images.

(Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160NC)

The only photo I shot with the 6×7 Plaubel, and as you will see below, it got a very different rendering form the digital images. Not so vivid (the 160VC would have performed better), but with clean tones and a great dynamic range.



(Sony NEX 5N, Sony SEL 55-210 lens)

The NEX 5N was an excellent performer (shot handheld) and the telephoto 55-210 lens allowed me to shoot from a different position than my wide angle lenses (which I tend to use more on these kind of sceneries).


(Leica M8, Elmarit 28mm f/2.8, B+W 110ND filter, tripod).

These are my two favorite images from the scene. Long exposures shots with the help of the B+W 110ND filter which cuts 10 stops. Taken at base ISO 160, the CCD sensor really rendered beautifully the seascape. Both images look wonderful printed. Not bad at all for a six years old camera !! I really believe that at base ISO the CCD sensor of the M8 is difficult to beat even with today’s standards.

(Polaroid Spectra SE, Impossible Project PZ680 Color Protection film)

A very unique rendering from the Polaroid, and a very artistic rendering of the scene. Burned highlights, clipped shadows and color shift, what more can someone ask ? A very unique way of rendering printed instantly !!

(Sinar Norma 4×5 view camera, Fuji FP-100C instant film).

A completely different rendering, way more accurate compared to the Polaroid. Shot using my Fuji PA-145 instant film back with my view camera. You get full manual control of exposure and you shoot with a way better lens than the Polaroid. Still, I prefer the Spectra image.

I also did a couple of shots with the Fuji GSW690iii loaded with Fuji Astia slide film, will post the images when I get the from a lab.

So, I think I have pretty much covered the specific location on many ways, I got very different results from different cameras, next sunrise at a different location !!

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