10.04.20: Florida sunrise

Sunrise reflecting in pool, Westin Diplomat, Hollywood, Fla.

Sunrise reflecting in pool, Westin Diplomat, Hollywood, Fla.

Tech specs

  • Date: Nov. 2, 2009, 7:39 a.m.
  • Location: 25°59'30.343"N 80°07'3.169"W (Show in Google Maps)
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens:Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (60mm) 
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter: 1/400th second
  • ISO: 400

Only one scene to shoot, but it was a keeper

I'm a sucker for photographs with reflections. Some of my favorite shots have reflected elements — buildings or other structures reflected by glass or still water, ducks reflected in a frozen lake, etc. Reflections make interesting images.

And I enjoy shooting sunrise and sunset photos. Any photographer would say the same thing.

This photo of a reflected sunrise was the only scene I shot on a business trip to Florida in 2008. I knew I wasn't going to have time for photography on the trip but I packed my camera and a couple of lenses just in case I saw something worth shooting.

And this shot didn't take much time.

I noticed this shallow wading pool off the lobby of the Westin Diplomat the afternoon I checked into the Hollywood, Fla., hotel. I thought it could make an interesting photo under the right conditions. But the blue afternoon sky and various people around the pool weren't the right conditions. Early morning would be better.

I came back to the site at sunrise the next day and was fortunate there was no one in the area. The morning clouds over the Atlantic were reflected in the still water of the wading pool. The line of lounge chairs provided a visual focal point and a break between the clouds in the sky and the reflected clouds in the pool.

I grabbed a vertical and a horizontal version of the scene with about 30 seconds between photos. Ten minutes later I had stowed the camera in my hotel room and was at a breakfast meeting.

Getting only two photos after hauling camera gear on a trip may seem like a waste. But they were two nice photos — I’ve used both the vertical and horizontal versions at different times.

The morning clouds over the Atlantic were reflected in the still water of the wading pool. The line of lounge chairs provided a visual focal point and a break between the clouds in the sky and the reflected clouds in the pool.