I was up at the lake over the weekend for a very short overnight stay. This was not supposed to be a pleasure trip since we had some business to take care of at the cabin, but as we left our condo I grabbed my camera bag and tripod just in case something worthy of being photographed presented itself. The sunset was not all that great, at least I did not come away with an image I felt I could take all the way to a print. Before calling it a day, I checked the Clear Outside app on my phone to see what the cloud cover would be at sunrise, but it did not look promising.
I woke up about an hour before dawn and popped my head up to look out our east facing bedroom window and saw some wisps of clouds hovering just above the horizon and made the decision to head over to the landing on the west side of the lake. After culling through the fifteen exposures I took, I felt the one below captured the mood of the morning. This was taken maybe ten or fifteen minutes before the sun topped the horizon. A thirty second exposure smoothed out the surface of the lake nicely.
Water’s Edge at Dawn, (North) Sand Lake Wisconsin
Nikon D810 35mm f/2.0 Nikkor-O, 30s @ f16 with 6-stop ND filter