Last July, I picked myself up out of bed at 4:30am, in order to make it to Fort Sheridan and photograph the sunrise over Lake Michigan.
This was my first serious attempt to capture a landscape at sunrise, and only the second time I had ever been to Fort Sheridan, so I really didn’t have a shooting location planned out. I was going to be winging it, and choosing my shooting locations as I came across them. However, having wonderful “golden hour” sunrise light, and a truly beautiful shoreline at Fort Sheridan made finding locations and scenes fairly easy. About the only thing I could complain about was the heat and humidity…even at 5:45am, it was already 81º, with what felt like 1000% humidity. Not exactly idea conditions for hiking about a mile down to the lakeshore with a bag of camera gear and a tripod.
The end results were well worth it though…a series of very nice landscape photographs of Fort Sheridan and the Lake Michigan shoreline at sunrise.