Posts in Category: sunrise

Master of Light

I have seen this shot many times by other photographers. I have been waiting for the opportunity to prove I could make this shot happen, and even better than I have seen it done before. Finally, by chance, a bride booked me for the location – The Coronado Community Center. I already knew in my head that it would take three lights, I just wasn’t sure where I was going to put the lights. I knew that I had to have one on a small lightstand right behind the couple, and one to camera right of the couple. The third light was going to go where? Well, after testing the shot with my assistant, I figured out that the third light went in the front of the fountain at camera left.

I did all this during the wedding. While everyone was eating we grabbed three lights, and stands and went out and fired a few test shots. After I was ready to go, I simply went inside and asked the couple to come out for great night shot. I think I took 4 frames, and the one below was my favorite. There is no “Photoshop”, this is pretty much right out of the camera with the exception of some brushes in Lightroom.

I could not believe that the shot was that simple. Just a few test shots, and then bam.. nailed it!

Caption: Coronado Community Center Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800
Flash: Off Camera, Fired
Keywords: Coronado, coronado community center, san diego, wedding
Date: April 15, 2016 7:50:54PM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.677116, -117.171884

Coronado Community Center Wedding

Coronado Community Center Wedding

The Dawn of a New Day

Murrieta has plenty of rural roads that make great sunrise shots.

Caption: Sunrise, Murrieta, Ca
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Sony ILCE-6000
Lens: E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Shot at 16 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/50 sec, f/20, ISO 100
Keywords: crack of dawn, dawn, dirt road, hills, morning, murrieta, sun, sunrise
Date: August 5, 2015 6:18:56AM
Location: Murrieta, California, United States

Sunrise, Murrieta, Ca

Sunrise, Murrieta, Ca

Sunrise, Perris, California

This shot is one of the reasons I carry a camera every day. Not just my cell phone, but a real camera. Currently, I carry Canon PowerShot S120. Granted it is a point-and-shoot, but it shoots raw, and produces pretty good images. Almost any point-and-shoot is better than a cell phone anyway.

Caption: Sunrise, Perris, California
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
Lens: 6-22.5mm, Shot at 22.5mm
Exposure: Auto exposure, 1/160 sec, f/4.9, ISO 80
Keywords: california, clouds, dawn, glow, morning, perris, perris california, sunrise
Date: January 26, 2011 6:45:22AM
Location: Perris, California, United States

Sunrise, Perris, California

Sunrise, Perris, California

San Diego skyline at sunrise

This shot is one of my favorite shots of the San Diego skyline. I have taken it a few times, so I know exactly when to shoot it, and with what lens etc. Many shooters try to take the shot in the evening. The secret to the San Diego skyline, is to start shooting pre-dawn, and keep shooting into the dawn. Sometimes you get great color in the clouds.

Caption: San Diego skyline at sunrise
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Keywords: Coronado, buildings, cityscape, dawn, daybreak, downtown, morning, pink, pink clouds, san diego, san diego skyline, skyline, sunrise
Date: November 12, 2009 5:44:02AM
Location: Coronado, California, United States

San Diego skyline at sunrise

San Diego skyline at sunrise

ampm

This shot is a good example of why I carry a pocket camera every day and everywhere I go. This was shot with my Canon PowerShot S95. I was walking into ampm early one morning, and I looked up and saw gorgeous light as dawn was approaching. I could not resist taking the shot, and you see the result.

Caption: ampm sign early in the morning
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
Lens: 6-22.5 mm Shot at 7.5 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/60 sec, f/3.5, ISO 800, Compensation: -4/3
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Focus: At 4.1m, with a depth of field from about 1.6m to infinity
Keywords: ampm, colorful, convenience store, dawn, fast food, gas station, glow, morning, neon, orange, purple, sign, store, sunrise
Date: January 19, 2011 6:24:33AM
Location: Murrieta, California, United States

ampm sign early in the morning

ampm sign early in the morning