Photograph Ohio! – A Beautiful Morning

Dawn, Mogadore Reservoir, Summit County, Ohio
Dawn, Mogadore Reservoir, Summit County, Ohio

I had a hunch that we might get a beautiful dawn this morning, and headed out at 6:30 am to a favorite location at Mogadore Reservoir in Summit County, Ohio. I wasn’t disappointed; at about 7:15 am the sun began to paint the undersides of the clouds with brush strokes of rose pink, scarlet, carmine, and orange. It was quite windy, so there wasn’t a mirror reflection of the clouds in the water, but the blurred surface of the reservoir amplified the drama in the clouds and the dark strip of trees along the shoreline heightened the contrast. In general I much prefer to photograph the sky at dawn rather than at sunrise, by which time the red and pink hues have disappeared, replaced by orange and yellow tones which are less dramatic. In this case, dawn came at 7:35 am, but the sun didn’t rise above the horizon for another ten minutes. I used an ISO setting of 400 and an aperture of f/8, which provided plenty of depth-of-field but allowed me to use a fairly fast shutter speed to freeze the clouds, which were moving rapidly across the sky.

Clouds, Tallmadge, Ohio
Clouds, Tallmadge, Ohio

The drama in the skies continued after sunrise, as squadrons of cumulus clouds swirled in from the southwest. On my way home, I pulled into the parking lot at a Walmart near Tallmadge, where the elevated location provided open views of the sky. In this photograph, the camera was aimed directly into the sun, which was just outside the frame on the lower left.

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  1. Hi Ian,
    Yes great hunch! It was a beautiful sunrise yesterday. And you’ve shot one of my favorite “home” locations, Mogadore Reservoir. I stopped there early Thursday morning to capture the fog, but it blew out so quickly.

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