Winter Surf and Sunrise

Last year we had a mild morning on Anchor Beach. Let's see if we get lucky this year. I can guarantee one thing: the sun will rise at 6:24am. Come a few minutes early to set up your tripod and shot. Once the sun goes up hang around for some cool shutter dragged shots of the surf. I've posted a few tips below. Check out shots from last year's event in the meetup album archive under Winter Sunrise...

This meetup is free and will be held weather permitting. THIS EVENT IS WAITLISTED. PLEASE UN-RSVP IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS EVENT. Heavy overcast predictions or extreme cold may cause a rescheduling. Dress for the cold and bring a flashlight.

Tips for sunrise off Anchor Beach.

`give yourself time to set up: once the sun starts to rise it may quickly go out of "magic range" especially if the sky is clear. I'd say you want to pull into the parking lot (no sticker needed at this hour) no later than 6:20 to set up. There is parking there and if full street parking in the area.

`a tripod is helpful if only allowing you slower ISO settings. You may want to underexpose somewhat from your auto meter suggestion to emphasize the sunrise effect. Consider experimenting with your white balance setting it for sun or even incandescent- just to mix things up!

`there are a few trees and of course the flagpole to place in the foreground as silhouette items.

`once the sun is 20 minutes high consider switching to surf shots. Experiment with shutter priority and, with your tripod, set your speeds anywhere from a 30th down for effect. This image was done at around a 1.15th of a second.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a sick kitten that I am syringe feeding and won't be able to make it - I am soooo bummed!

    1 · March 1, 2013

    • Robin B.

      Besides my photography business, I also work part-time for a veterinarian, so I understand & appreciate your commitment - hope he finds a home soon!

      1 · March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Robin and he will since he is a complete love bug. We started eating mid last week so that is a good sign and started the worming meds this weekend.

      1 · March 11, 2013

  • Mark Y.

    Finally had a chance to offload the photos from the camera today. It was nice meeting everyone last weekend.

    March 10, 2013

  • pinxia l.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't make it. I love those photos. They are beautiful! Thanks.

    March 3, 2013

  • Ramananda R.

    I have seen every uploaded pictures it is
    Beautyful thanks for the organiser.

    March 2, 2013

  • Bill M.

    Could not make it this morning, but went their on Friday great place to shoot. uploaded a few shots hope you don't mind.

    March 2, 2013

    • Edward S.

      No wonder the huge difference LOL todays clouds were not even close to those beautiful ones you had. Cheers

      1 · March 2, 2013

  • Edward S.

    Mr. Coyle, That was you there at the rocks and I cant believe I didnt recognize you, LOL. it was nice to see you. Im taking good care and usage of the lens as you can see.

    1 · March 2, 2013

    • Rich C.

      I'm really sorry I missed you. Don't let that happen, I would have enjoyed talking with you.

      March 2, 2013

  • Ramananda R.

    Was OK sunrise was too short

    March 2, 2013

  • Rich C.

    Great, but cold, morning. Good to see Stephen again. Brilliant sunrise but short in duration; the low cloud cover made the colors brilliant!!

    March 2, 2013

    • Stephen G.

      It was good to see you likewise Rich

      March 2, 2013

  • Deena Groher S.

    Brief but a really nice sunrise. Thanks for organizing this Jesse

    March 2, 2013

  • Jeff

    Great as always...met a couple of new folks.....this is my second year at this particular venue.
    Thanks Jess

    March 2, 2013

  • David G. W.

    Yes, brilliant, but short. I can't wait to see everyone's images!

    March 2, 2013

  • Edward S.

    I got some good shots, too bad the sun had such a little window. Cheers

    March 2, 2013

  • Stephen G.

    It was very good

    March 2, 2013

  • Jesse T.

    Good to see those fellow hardy New Englander types this morning. Thanks for coming and I look forward to your images.

    March 2, 2013

  • Jeff

    Snowing at my house....8:20PM

    March 1, 2013

  • Cindy O.

    I have to cancel. My boxer is home recovering from surgery today and I don't want to leave him so soon. My sister, Kathy Radz, will also not be attending. Next time!

    March 1, 2013

  • hmsiegel

    I have to work tomorrow so will not be able to attend

    March 1, 2013

  • John F.

    Family matter came up so I will be out of state.

    March 1, 2013

  • Sherry P.

    I won't be able to make it. Hope it is a great sunrise for everyone.

    February 28, 2013

  • Jesse T.

    Enid put yourself on the waitlist. i'm sure a spot will open.
    Richie- the sun will rise again!

    February 28, 2013

  • Enid O.

    Can I participate on Sat ?

    February 28, 2013

  • Richard G.

    I as well just got told to work this weekend sorry enjoy

    February 28, 2013

  • Susan

    I have to give up my spot as well... I'm sorry I can't make it. Maybe next time!

    February 28, 2013

  • Enid O.

    Hi,
    I'm looking forward to joining and meeting people interested in photography

    February 26, 2013

  • Pete G.

    Another spot up for grabs. Cant make this one!
    Pete

    February 25, 2013

  • Mel R.

    Sorry I have to cancel. I'm hoping to join another time. But at least I've opened it up for 2 more spots!! Have fun!

    February 25, 2013

  • Arek

    Can not make it for the new date. Two spots are open now. Maybe next time.

    February 22, 2013

  • alioune "al" k.

    Would love to attend I will watch the wait list.

    February 19, 2013

  • GLORIMAR T.

    I am not able to attend on the 2nd someone else can take my space.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now I am able to go on the 2nd and changed from yes to no since I have to work tomorrow. I guess I will put my name on the waiting list. :(

    February 15, 2013

  • Kevin B

    FYI they've gone and decided to change the sunrise time to 6:24 on march 2

    February 15, 2013

  • Rich C.

    I went by this morning (Thursday) to see the conditions. The parking lot is plowed but the street remains narrow and the sidewalks uncleared. There is easy access to the rocky areas and they have melted of snow nicely. There is talk of a Saturday morning weather event that could obscure the sunrise.

    1 · February 14, 2013

    • Rich C.

      On the corner of Kings Highway aand Beach Avenue

      February 14, 2013

    • Sherry P.

      Thanks Rich.

      February 15, 2013

  • Bill L.

    Jesse postponed this to Saturday March 2nd.

    February 14, 2013

  • Jesse T.

    Robin we might. Keep an eye open.

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Robin B.

      Oh, good, I will..

      February 14, 2013

  • Nancy M

    I'll be out of town, look forward to another early photo gathering!

    February 14, 2013

  • Ramananda R.

    This evening i have been to Beach Ave. near (flag pole) could not fiend Parking Place Please guide me where to park.

    February 14, 2013

  • Mel R.

    i'm coming from out of town, and googled the intersection of village rd. and beach ave. will that get me there, or should i turn down mont st. to beach ave, and follow until i see a bunch of tripods?? ;)

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was asked to work on Saturday and wish I could be there. :(

    February 13, 2013

  • Jesse T.

    This event will be held weather permitting and a snow/cloud/cold date is TBD. I will make a call if needed Friday night.

    2 · February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are in Milford by the hospital and still are not plowed out so we can't even get out so I may end up canceling out. :(

      February 12, 2013

  • Jesse T.

    There is plenty of shooting space along the sidewalk for that many shooters and the beach runs along for quite a-ways for surf shots. Early birds get better parking spaces but no doubt some people will have to park along the many side streets. This could be an issue but I will take a run thru at week's end and check it out.

    February 11, 2013

  • Massimo N.

    Does someone have a way to swing by the beach and check out whether it's even accessible for these many people logging tripods and camera equipment?

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Rich C.

      I will after the Wednesday night storm.

      3 · February 11, 2013

    • Massimo N.

      Thanks Rich! I just heard we're supposed to get more snow on Thursday (like we need more). I also heard that in Bridgeport they don't expect secondary roads to be cleared before the end of the week, and I'm assuming clearing out a parking lot for a beach in the middle of February is not at the top of the list of priorities for Milford right now.

      1 · February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hopefully we don't get the storm on Wednesday or the second blizzard this weekend.

    February 11, 2013

  • Robin B.

    Seeing there is so much interest, will you hold another class?

    February 9, 2013

  • Jim C.

    For the Meetup on Saturday I’m bring my tripod and my camera with a 18 to 200 lens, should we bring snow shovels too?

    February 7, 2013

    • Heather L.

      Hi Jim, it isn't this coming Saturday. It's the following Saturday. Although we could have another storm by then.

      1 · February 7, 2013

    • Jim C.

      I must have off in Never, Never Land this morning. It would have worked if it was this Saturday. Thank you for the wake-up call, now I feel better about this week-end, the 16th is going to be a very busy day for me, and it’s going to start at about 05:00.

      February 7, 2013

  • Arek

    Meetup still on???? Looks like we will get some snow.

    February 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The meetup is next weekend Erik. Hopefully the weather will be good.

      1 · February 7, 2013

  • Naimah Al B.

    I am exciting to meet you photographer ;)

    February 6, 2013

  • Sandy L.

    I have to cancel but last year was great please have some take my place

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you have a tripod, almost any lens will do since you will probably be stopping down to f8 or smaller.

    February 6, 2013

  • Rich C.

    Ramananda, you'll be fine with the 75-300. Bring a tripod (and a remote release if you own one). We'll be ISO100, f16-22, long exposures.

    February 6, 2013

  • Ramananda R.

    Hi
    Every one this is my first meet, i have 40D,18-55,[masked] Lens.
    will you recommend any better lens.

    February 6, 2013

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