July 14th, 2016
This photo was shot at the same location as Night at the Boathouse. I’ve had it on my list of places to check out at sunrise for about a year now and finally made it there this trip. I parked at the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center and walked the 1-ish mile trail out to this viewpoint overlooking Nauset Marsh at 5:30AM. There isn’t a direct view facing East and the sky was cloudless this particular morning, so the wide shot wasn’t working for me. I noticed a beautiful reflection of the boathouse in the marsh and decided to focus on that instead. I took about a dozen 30 second exposures until I got one with the reflection I liked. The wind was blowing intermittently so the reflection was constantly changing. As I was doing this, the sun was coming up illuminating the eastern side of the boathouse a nice coral/orange color. The sky had a little bit of sunrise glow, but everything else in the scene was pretty drab. I was initially thinking I was going to process this image in Black and White.
After a much needed nap, I loaded these photos onto my computer. I did a quick process of this image in Black and White and it looked nice, but just wasn’t portraying the right mood for the image. The color version of the image was pretty rough straight out of the camera. The way the colors of the water, sky and boathouse were being represented was not harmonious and didn’t look like the scene I had witnessed a few hours earlier. I decided to simplify the color scheme of the image, going with the complimentary colors of blue and orange, which were already present in the light shining on the boathouse and the shadowed side of the boathouse. I fiddled with the white balance and blue channel saturation to get the blue just right. Then I shifted the color of the lower sky to a warmer orange using a luminosity mask in Photoshop. I also pulled a little more blue into the shadows and that’s about it! I like the simplified color scheme which more accurately portraits the rising sunlight warming up a very cold morning.