Beach sunrise photography or sunrises, in general, make beautiful and stunning captures. A passionate photographer can never have enough of taking photographs of the moments of the sun rising. Sunrises are very relaxing and calming to watch as well. The joys of watching a sunrise is said to act as an antidepressant and bring about stress relief. It can even help inspire new ideas and creativity too.
You have to definitely be an early riser to capture these amazing and spectacular moments. The colors of the sky keep changing as the intensity of sunlight increases .It is possible to have never seen such a display and variety of vibrant colors before. This along with the different patterns that form with the clouds in the sky , can make every capture unique.
I have watched many sunsets and captured some shots as well. However, I never had an opportunity to watch a sunrise. Finally , got a chance to watch and capture it on our trip to Virginia Beach few weeks ago. We were put up in an oceanfront room. I was surprised to find that the room had a sunrise view. I woke up at dawn by chance, and from my window was amazed to see the bright red, orange, and yellow colors in the horizon against the blue waters . It was wonderful to watch and enjoy the entire sunrise from the comfort of the patio. To capture these mesmerizing shots was a true delight.
We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.
– Sapna Reddy
I used my digital camera for the captures and also captured a few shots using the iPhone. I was not carrying a tripod, so had to do without it. The first set of shots from the first day , have sunrise captures with clear skies and they look exceptional. The next day was cloudy and the captures were even better. As they say, no two sunrises are ever similar. To watch a sunrise, a nature's wonder is a humbling experience.It makes you grateful, hopeful, and peaceful. It was truly a great way to start the day.
Beach Sunrise Photography Tips
Here are some tips to capture sunrise photographs using the digital camera .
I used Manual and Av(Aperture priority)Mode for the sunrise captures. The manual mode requires you to set all the exposure values the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. If you prefer the semi automatic or Av mode, you only set the aperture value and the ISO. The shutter speed is set by the camera.
APERTURE: It is preferable to have high aperture values like f/8, f/11, etc so the entire subject is in focus, crisp and clear. But again, it is also the photographer's preference to choose lower f values or wider apertures to have some sort of blur and bring out an artistic touch to the photographs.
SHUTTER SPEED: In Av mode, the shutter speed is automatically set .In manual mode, you will need to set this value to slower speeds initially so enough light can reach the sensor, especially with low lighting before sunrise. Later on, you can set it to higher speeds as more light becomes available.
ISO: In the morning hours before sunrise, as the surroundings are dark, one may be tempted to set to higher ISO values to get a brighter photograph. However, keep in mind that higher ISO can render a grainy texture to the photos. Find the right balance between the ISO and aperture values.
Using a tripod can help prevent handshakes in low light conditions , especially when you have wider apertures set or longer shutter speed values.
Capturing the image in RAW mode is a best practice as always. This will also help recover any color and image corrections.
Do not forget to enjoy the sunrise in the midst of the sunrise captures. It is most definitely a very unique and rewarding experience.
Sunrise Captures (Clear Sky)
Sunrise Captures (Cloudy Sky)
Mobile Captures ( Sunrise Beach Photography)
You can capture really exceptional sunrise pictures using your mobile. The golden hour or magic hour as it is called is the time just before sunrise. The sun gives out warm, diffusing light and it is perfect lighting condition for landscape photography. Mobile is usually very handy and one can easily take photos of the sunrise. Use a tripod if available to minimize handshakes. Below are some of my sunrise captures using iPhone 12s . Use the right arrow button to slide to view all the pictures.
Hope you enjoyed viewing these photos and reading about the tips to capture a sunrise. Signing off with a beautiful sunrise quote.
The sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.
– Alexandra Elle
Beautiful photos! I too had many photos of sunsets, but none of a sunrise. I'm never up that early!
These are absolutely lovely beach sunrise photos. I think I should try taking some photos too.
Thank you for the comments!
Thank you so much, this was the first time I watched and captured the sunrise as well.
Ivan M. Jose
Nice photos. People are so crazy about sunset shots but sunrise photos are just stunning. I love how warm and soft the surroundings look.
Ivan M. Jose
I also liked that you gave some tips on using a mobile phone to photograph the sunrise. I love to use my phone, too, to capture pictures.
Glad to hear that you found the tips useful. Thank you!
Exactly right , just like sunsets sunrises are very stunning and beautiful to watch as well.
I love sunsets and this photos are just beautiful!!
So many gorgeous photos!
You have tons of beautiful Photos I can’t wait to get to the beach and get some photos of my own.
Thank you , hope you get to take some soon as well!
Wow! Every shot taken looks so stunning and mesmerizing. Seeing and capturing a beach sunrise is really an amazing way to boost one's mind and body. Makes us relax, calm, and slow down in this life.
Thanks so much for the appreciation! Very nicely said indeed , watching a beach sunrise is a great way to rejuvenate and a great time to self reflect and find peace.
This is amazing! So many great tips. So helpful, I will be pinning this for reference!
Thank you so much , wonderful to hear that it is helpful!
These are such beautiful pictures!
Many Thanks Danielle!
stunning pics Nisha.. hard to choose between the clear and cloudy versions - both are spectacular!!
I hope to catch a sunrise too soon 🙂
I agree Vidya they are both unique and beautiful in their own ways. Hope you have a wonderful time enjoying the sunrise as well!
Missing the beach with that view. Man, the last time we were on a beach was perfect with music anf all.
It is true that these pictures can make one nostalgic and feel like going back to visit again! Thank you for the comments!
GORGEOUS photos. Love a good sunrise and sunset.
You captured some absolutely beautiful photos!
Thank you so much, appreciate it!
How lovely! I just wish I can dive right in to beach photography. 🙂 Low light settings are key in making sharp and contrasting images in beach sunrises!
Thank you so much. Yes a very good point about the low light settings for beach sunrises .It's true one can't seem to get enough of taking photos.
These are gorgeous photos of sunrises! I don't get up that early but I am going to try to get some sunrise photos at the cottage.
Thank you so much, good luck with the sunrise photos!
when I am on beach holidays it's my favorite fun thing to do: take pictures of sun rises and sun sets
That's wonderful. Thank you so much for the comments!
All the clicks are beautiful. I love clicking sunset and sunrise photos too. They are really so beautiful
Thank you so much, yes they are a pretty sight indeed.
Also, more of a sunset person. I haven't got up early enough to capture too many sunrises with my camera. Love the deep orange colours you've captured in these though.
Thank you so much, glad you loved the photos .Yes the captures with the deep orange colors are my favorite ones as well.
I am a sucker for sunrise and sunset photography. Love all your pictures. So good to start my day by looking at your piocs.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment, that makes my day!
Amazing clicks Nisha.
Many Thanks Suni, appreciate it!