Last night, while noshing on a delicious plate of pad thai, my good bud and newest member of the onOne Family, Matt Kloskowski, asked if I wanted to go shoot sunrise at Central Park with our mutual friend and amazing Portland-based photographer, Hudson Henry. Despite my sheer loathing over having to cut into my 16 hours of beauty sleep, I told him that I’d be there… and sure enough, I was! The three of us headed into Central Park, marching towards the Bow Bridge with grand plans to photograph some of the beautiful architecture bathed in that lovely orange light as it reflected off of the lake with a sky full of beautiful, wispy clouds. Alas, the best laid plans never do turn out quite the way you envision. We had the beautiful architecture, the reflection, and even a bit of lovely orange light but no clouds. So, I did what I normally do: I turned around. Behind us was a row of benches covered in rain and behind that was a row of trees and behind that was the sun busting through. I experimented with a few different perspectives until settling for one where my tripod was straddling one of the benches at an angle where the sunburst was fully visible. Shortly after this, we all rallied to find a free taxi cab to get us to our hotels and then off to the Javits Center to kick off the first day of the 2014 PhotoPlus Expo. The rest is left for the storybooks.

This is a three exposure tone-mapped HDR image that I took with my Sony A7r and Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 lens, sitting on my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. I tone-mapped the brackets in Photomatix Pro and stylized by applying a VSCO preset in Lightroom and then refining to taste.