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“Pensacola Sunrise” by Robin Conover Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 28-300 mm, 3.5-5.6 L USM lens with circular polarizer ISO 100, f 22 at 0.3 seconds, Gitzo tripod

I try to get to the beach at least once a year. It’s a place of renewal for me — the sound of the ocean, the sunrises and sunsets. It’s a time to not only relax but also to capture some of the beauty I don’t see every day.

Even though I’m not a morning person, I make every effort to get up for sunrise. You just never know exactly how the elements — clouds, light and water — will combine. One minute, it may appear that not much will happen. Then, just 10 minutes later, the clouds drift over the sun just enough to cut the light flooding the scene, and you see something like this image.

I had set up my tripod near the edge of the surf so that when the tide washed up the sandy beach, the water would fill the foreground of the image. This helped to mimic the pattern seen in the clouds.

Normally, I wouldn’t have centered the horizon, but the symmetry of the clouds and water makes this composition work for me. I used a slower shutter speed to let the water blur and a circular polarizer to reduce glare on the water.

Finally, I processed the raw image in Adobe Bridge and added a slight boost of contrast and color with a Topaz preset filter. I take great caution against overdoing it with Photoshop techniques. I try to capture and process images as Mother Nature intended them to be viewed. That’s the best filter I have.

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Robin Conover

Robin Conover has spent the last 23 years documenting the people and places of Tennessee with The Tennessee Magazine. After graduating from Murray State University, Robin began working for magazine in October 1988 as a communications specialist and photojournalist. She now serves as TECA vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. Her interest in preserving the environment and Tennessee’s beautiful natural areas has led her down many miles of trails to capture thousands of images. Robin is currently a board member of the Friends of Radnor Lake, a nonprofit in Nashville. Robin’s images can be seen in greeting cards, calendars, books and at a few fine-art shows she participates in each year.

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