Myrtle Beach sunrise

Dorothy & I celebrated our wedding anniversary¬†visiting South Carolina. We were in a beachfront property in Myrtle Beach. As much as I like to sleep in while on vacation, I had to set an early alarm to photograph a Myrtle Beach sunrise. Since it’s late in the year … that game me a reprieve which allowed me to sleep until 7AM before heading down to the beach.

ocean sunrise from Myrtle Beach SC
First hint of the sun’s glow on the horizon. Larry Shapiro photo

It was a chilly 44 degrees, and I was without a tripod. What I brought along from home though is something similar to a bean bag with a 1/4 20 threaded bolt. By screwing this into the camera base, I could set it on a fence railing. Then I used my eyeglass case underneath the lens barrel to achieve the proper height to frame the shot.

ocean sunrise from Myrtle Beach SC
There were a half dozen other souls braving the chill to see or photograph the sunrise. Larry Shapiro photo
ocean sunrise from Myrtle Beach SC
Variation in exposure and editing taken right after the previous shot to include the foreground in the exposure. Larry Shapiro photo

To make things even easier, I synced my Canon 5D MKIV to my smartphone and controlled the focus, exposure settings, shutter release, and image preview without ever touching the camera.

ocean sunrise from Myrtle Beach SC
The sun just beginning to crest the low clouds along the horizon. Larry Shapiro photo
ocean sunrise from Myrtle Beach SC
A slight shift in color temperature changes the feel of a subsequent image. Larry Shapiro photo
ocean sunrise from Myrtle Beach SC
After rotating the beanbag slightly, this view takes the rising sun from the center of the image so it can share prominence with the vanishing point of the beach. Larry Shapiro photo