Rex Creek Sunrise

What’s the story behind this photo?

I was camping with a group of buddies about 3/4 of the way up Lake Chelan. It was mid-December, the temperature was around 15°F, the cabin had no power, and we’d all been up late drinking and playing cards the night before.

I looked out the window while drinking my coffee and saw the first beams of light hitting the very top of the mountains across the lake. I bundled up, grabbed my camera, and started walking around the shore trying to find a good location and waiting for the best light.

The image is actually available on Getty, through their “Moment Open” collection.

What did you do for post processing?

This one didn’t require too much effort. In Lightroom 5, I mostly just boosted the contrast, increased the saturation, burned the sky and cropped it just a bit.

Do you always have a camera with you?

I try to, but not as much as I’d like. I mean, there’s always the iPhone, but I haven’t taken too many photos I’ve loved with that. I need to make it more of a habit to never be far from a good camera.

What equipment did you use for this photo?

This was taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M5, the kit 12-50mm lens, and a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT tripod.

About the Photographer

Ryan Sommers is a web designer living in Lake Chelan, WA. You can read his blog and view his photos at Flickr.

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