If you've made it out with
your cameras, lenses, and tripods for the predawn, doesn't make
any sense at all not to wait for dawn. Photographically
to me, dawn is that time of the day immediately before and just
after the sun comes up over the horizon. The image used
as a title banner on this page is what I would consider dawn --
the sun has already broken over the horizon, you just don't know
it yet since it is still hidden behind the rock formation that
the Nubble light sits atop. These images were all taken
from quite a distance on the road that runs along the beach in
York with very long telephoto lenses - focal lengths ranged from
300 to 900 mm.
never look through a long telephoto
into the rising or setting sun. Doing so can cause permanent
and irrepairable damage to the retina and even blindness!!!