Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reminded of how much I love early morning light. (This is courtesy of Tehya’s early morning wake ups and me letting Katrina have a few more minutes in bed because of middle of the night wake ups!!) I love watching the sky change as the sun comes up.
Morning is, in my opinion, the best time of day for photography. It’s so much better than sunset. In Vancouver there are three reasons for that. The first is that morning light comes through the fog, mist and sometimes the pollution of the Fraser Valley. This gives it a very nice warm glow. The second reason is that after a damp night, mist hangs in the fields giving images a depth that is not possible after the earth is warmed by the sun. The third reason that morning is a great time to make photographs is that there aren’t many people around to get in your way.
The next time you’re up early, take a look outside and enjoy the great morning light. If you’re not an early riser, that’s ok too. Winter is approaching and the mornings are getting later and later.
This is an image that we took on a trip to Paris several years ago. We got up ridiculously early and headed to Sacre Coeur. The light is enhanced by the fog and pollution, and we were some of the only tourists out and about. It was a great way to start our day.