How much light do we need at the sunrise shoot?

Another day I went back to the Peak District for the sunrise shoot. The weather forecast was not great with 85% of rain, but I went anyway hoping to get some light.

I decided to stop at Ramshaw rocks and shot rock formations at this location. As predicted weather did not play with me and there was no light, only grey clouds. But it did not bother me in the slightest. I really enjoyed myself standing on the top and looking for the compositions. Today I decided to take my Hasselblad with me. I have realised that I did not use it much recently. Loaded with trusted Kodak Ektar 100 I was wandering around.

Hasselblad 503 CW, f45 1/2s 250mm Ektar 100

With low clouds, there was not much hope for the morning light. I made a couple of exposures with the long lens and hoped for that right moment when the sun will break through the clouds. In theory, I did not need much, just a few minutes of good light. That’s all we need, right? I was standing in right place, had my camera and composition ready. There was not much to do but wait. Unpatiently, I did one exposure without the light and wanted to turn around and go. Then it happened, 2 minutes of pure beauty. Sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the group of threes I had in my composition. Booom !!! That was the shot I was hoping for. I quickly measured the light, calculated the exposure and pressed the cable release.

Hasselblad 503 CW, f42 1/2s +0.6ND 250mm Ektar 100

So, how much light do we need at the sunrise shoot?

This is the shot. I was looking forward to seeing if I exposed it right. After processing the film in TETENAL C-41 chemistry I was really pleased with the shot.

So, how much light do we need at the sunrise shoot?

Turns out we don’t need much light at all, we just need to be in the right place at the right time and be ready to catch this brief moment that will never be repeated…

What do you think? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below!

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