Christopher Burkins: Early Riser

Early-Riser by Christopher Burkins

It has been a while since I have posted on this blog, so I will introduce myself to those of you who are new here. My name is Christopher Burkins and I am a photographer based in Maryland, USA. I am currently a student at Towson University. My major is in Family & Human Services, but photography is one of my hobbies and I am very enthusiastic about it. I mostly due nature, landscape, street, and food photography, though I am certainly willing and interested in branching out into other categories.

I took this photography, “Early Riser,” on March 30, 2021 at about 7:00 in the morning. This was a Tuesday and currently I do not have any morning classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I was eating breakfast and I saw the moon over one of the buildings at the apartment complex where I live. It was already daylight, but the moon was still visible. As soon as I saw it, I knew what I needed to do next. I got my camera and telephoto lens with the intent of capturing the moon before it was too late. I zoomed in as close as I could on the moon while keeping some of the roof in the picture. At first I wanted to get only the moon with out the rooftop, but even when I zoomed in the closest I could the roof was still visible. The roof ended up staying in the picture. I thought about cropping out the roof, but I decided against it. I feel like the roof adds to the picture.

For several reasons, I usually avoid astrophotography. The camera that I used for this photograph, a Nikon D3400, is generally not the best for astrophotography (at least from my experience). In most of my research on astrophotography, I have found that it typically requires more advanced equipment that I do not have at this point in time. However, I have had success with capturing the moon on its own, particularly in the early morning or around sunset if it is already up at those times.

I titled this piece “Early Riser” due to the fact that I had woken up early that morning. I do not consider myself an earlier riser because I do not wake up at the same time every day. I usually wake up at a different time on a different day depending on what I have going on the morning. I was an early riser the morning I took this photograph, and I am glad that I woke up when I did that morning. I am satisfied with the photograph because capturing the moon on camera is not an easy task since the moon rises and sets at different times.





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