Earlier this week I found myself wide awake at 6am so decided to seize the opportunity to shoot the sunrise over Calgary. It's unfortunate that there wasn't any cloud about to fill the skies but the shots still worked out well I think.
I went to Enmax Park in the east of the city on Scotsman's Hill. I've been here before for a night shoot but was a little further south in the same park. Today I wanted to get a different angle so stayed in the north end of the park.
I left my home in Cochrane in good time and arrived at 07:20, over an hour before sunrise, so I could set up and catch a few shots of the blue hour first. I really like the blue hour shots I made and I'm pretty happy with the others from the morning too. The image I chose to share today was taken just as the sun peeked over the horizon when most of the short wavelength light is blocked by contaminants in the atmosphere. With only the long wavelength light getting through it makes for a lovely vibrant red across the city. Even without any interest in the sky, the sunrise lit up the reflective windows of the downtown core and made for some nice shots.
It's a lovely place to stand and watch the sunrise in Calgary, but at -16 with a slow breeze it was a long 2 hours all the same. I used my 70-200 mm telephoto to pick out some detail in the city too and got some good shots of the tower and surrounding buildings.
All in all a great morning, and a nice spontaneous shoot. Though unplanned for this day I was well aware of the location, access points, direction of light and time of day to be here, so perhaps a 'part planned' shoot would best describe it.
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