Take the guesswork out of taking spectacular sunrise photos. I found this location about an hour south of the US/Canada border along Hwy 61. Minnesota's north shore offers many views of the Lake Superior. I needed a viewpoint where the sun would be over the horizon and reflected on the lake. The trick to this photo was knowing where the sun would rise over the horizon. The shoreline ranges in and out of lake superior.
Cut Face Creek spills into a bay about 10 minutes south of Grand Marias, MN. Just south of Cut Face Creek wayside I found an overlook with parking for about a dozen cars. I did not have to guess when and where the sun would rise because I use the The Photographer's Ephemeris. An intuitive tool for finding sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset times and angles. Pick most any location and see where the sun will rise and at what time.
There's also a mobile app available for only $5. The web browser version looks as below, you can see how the orange line directs from the overlook to the opposing shoreline. Cool stuff in action.
starlight photography - introduction
October 31, 2015
natural light and exposure, lesson zero, Intermediate level