Lake Pflugerville Sunrise

I woke up early this morning with the intention of taking a quick drive down to the lake in town to get some photos of the sunrise over the water. Lake Pflugerville is a man-made lake in town that, if I’m not mistaken, is about three miles in size. The lake also has a pleasant walking trail around it’s shores and several small docks available for fishing and swimming. Along the northeast portion of the lake there is also a public beach, changing room and a rental facility for kayaks, paddle-boats and other items for various aquatic excursions.

This particular morning, I arrived at the lake around 6:15am (about 20 minutes from sunrise) and parked off-road along the western portion of the trail. Gathering up my tripod, camera bag and water bottle, I walked across the damp grass and set up about 50 ft. away from a fishing dock, willow tree and maybe about 20 ft. from the waters edge.

I played around with various lenses and settings but found the best quality to come from my Canon’s 18-55mm kit lens. I did mess around with the wide angle lenses but was not able to capture the depth of field I was looking for, so with time ticking; I went to my aforementioned kit lens.

I managed to get some pretty shots of the backlit clouds and even some of the suns first reflections on the water. A little while later and just moments before the sun rose above the clouds a kayaker crossed into the frame. I hoped to capture the timing of the sunrise and the kayaker in the reflection, but just missed the shot. Looking back, I should’ve hollered out for him to slow down for the shot… but either way, I caught some beautiful images.

I plan on heading down to Austin next Friday and seeing about catching a sunrise with the skyline in the foreground. I always enjoy crossing nature with architecture in photos. Anyhow, enjoy your Friday, stay safe and well!

Published by DW

Freelance writer, photographer and traveler who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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