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Winter Sunrise

Foreground, Middle Ground, Background Pinehurst No. 4, 13th Hole - January 21, 2021

Nikon Z7, Tamron 70-200 mm lens, 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800

Any landscape photographer know to include 3 things in their composition: Foreground, Middle Ground and Background. Thinking of that, I had to put that clump of native grass in my foreground. Everything else dropped into place. Normally, water on a pond looks like glass first thing in the morning. But here, a light breeze came up and caused small ripples in the water. Adding to the look of photo, especially the sun's reflection.

The Bermuda Grass is dormant this time of year, accounting for color. Also, the small amount of available light just after sunrise is not enough to bring out any strong colors.

Finally, thin cloud cover and the tall pines where just enough to filter the strong light from the rising sun.

John Patota is a photographer, instructor and journalist based in Pinehurst, North Carolina. See his work at and on Instagram at @PinehurstPhotographer.

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