This is a great time of year for photographing sunrise at Lake Sawyer. We get to sleep in late (sunrise officially began today at 7:33 pm) and if you want to catch sunset too, be ready by about 4 pm. For planning photography outings either here at home or when exploring new territory, I find a web page called The Photographer's Ephemeris to be very helpful. Following is a web page screen shot showing our location at the lake taken earlier this morning.
For me, it has all the information I will need, except the weather of course. With sunrise at 07:33, I need to be ready by about 7:00 with the best times sandwiched in a 15 minute window between then and when the sun eventually comes up. Following is an example from last weekend. This is what I saw when colors first began to show at about 7:05.
Within the next 5 to 10 minutes, I could see lots of intense colors. The cloud pattern had also shifted to the north.
5 minutes later, even more change.
Which is your favorite within this 15 minute window? Every sunrise seem to be quite different. Nothing monotonous, always a fun adventure.
For the best views and timing of sunset, all I have to do is move the location icon around in Photographer's Ephemeris and place it in the lake at the best spot for positioning my kayak. For some reason, the window of opportunity for sunsets seems to be longer - closer to 30 minutes. Lots of fun. Give it a try.