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Sun Rising Over Lake Washington

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

The tranquil beauty of a sunrise over a serene lake is a sight that never fails to leave one in awe. Lake Washington, with its crystal-clear waters and the enchanting cityscape on the horizon, provides the perfect backdrop for such moments of pure serenity. Armed with my camera and a sense of anticipation, I embarked on a journey to capture the magic of the sunrising over Lake Washington, and what better vantage point than the end of a weathered dock.

Preparation and Gear:

Before setting out on this photographic adventure, I made sure I had all the necessary gear. A sturdy tripod was essential to keep the camera stable during the long exposure. I also brought along a wide-angle lens to encompass the vastness of the scene before me. The key to successful long exposure shots is stability, so I set the camera to a two-second timer to prevent any unintended vibrations caused by pressing the shutter button.

This impressive L-Series lens offers a telephoto zoom focal length for getting closer to faraway subjects.
Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8

Manfrotto 502AH Video Head & MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod Kit
Manfrotto Tripod

Choosing the Perfect Spot:

As I arrived at the dock under the cloak of dawn, the air was cool and the lake's surface was still, offering a mirror-like reflection of the impending spectacle. I set up my tripod at the edge of the dock, ensuring it was steady and level. The dock itself added a rustic charm to the composition, with its weathered wood adding character to the scene.

Camera Settings:

Achieving a stunning long exposure shot requires the right camera settings. I opted for a low ISO (100) to maintain image clarity and minimize noise. A narrow aperture (f/11) allowed for greater depth of field, ensuring both the foreground and the distant horizon remained in sharp focus. For the long exposure itself, I set the shutter speed to a breathtaking 8 minutes, which would capture the gradual movement of the rising sun and the gentle ripples on the water's surface.


Capturing the sunrising over Lake Washington was a reminder of the incredible beauty that surrounds us, often overshadowed by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Standing on the dock, witnessing the world come to life in the tranquil embrace of dawn, was an experience that words can hardly do justice. Through the lens of my camera, I was able to freeze this fleeting moment in time, etching the serenity of that morning into a photograph that will forever remind me of the magic of a new day dawning over the tranquil waters of Lake Washington.

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