23 Beautiful Dawn Images - Digital Photography School

23 Beautiful Dawn Images

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Dawn is such a wonderful time to photograph life. Sun breaking the horizon, dew on grass, mist hovering over landscapes… of course, that’s only if you’re awake to see it.

Here are some dawn images to give you a little inspiration to set that alarm clock one day this week and head out with your camera before day break. Looking for some tips on how to do it? Check out our 12 Tips for Photographing Stunning Sunsets and Sunrises.

PS: want to know more about a photo in this series? Click it to be taken to the photographers flickr page to see more of their work.

23 Beautiful Dawn Images

Say you will

Anticipation

Dawn Images

Autumn dawn

Misty autumn dawn

the gift of the moose

Practice Yoga, Be Healthy! {EXPLORED}

Two men in a boat

Dawn bliss

Sunrise

Sunrise with Tree

Morning Meeting at the Fish Market in Vietnam

The Li River

Standing on the Dune - Mungo NP

Misty Morning Sunrise - Alaska Landscape

Dawn over the Gibraltar strait

Picture Peak

Winter waves

The Baha'i Temple at Blue Hour

Ankor Wat Eyegasm

Awaiting Sunrise

The open Gate

Dawn Images

We hope you enjoyed these beautiful Dawn Images. If you have some of your own shots taken at dawn we’d love to see them – please share your dawn images in comments below.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Ranjan Mitra

    I took this stunning picture one early morning from my balcony, though there is no foreground still I feel it looks great…

  • Carloski

    dawn on Maui volcano

  • Joe Holley

    Took this in my back yard the other morning.

  • SonomaDavid

    Sunrise on Kauai

  • scb222
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  • Joyce

    Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

  • Vanita
  • Gaye Bentham

    Bahrain fort at sunrise (sorry, don’t know why the picture came out so small! )
    Now it has gone altogether LOL. Must have done something wrong, oops

  • Gaye Bentham

    Trying again! Bahraini dhow with fishermen.

  • Rune Overas

    Amazing sunrise in Norway, waaaay up north. Time was 0400 approximately, and I am glad I had to pee…. :)

  • Gaye Bentham

    Taj Mahal at sunrise

  • Sue Webster

    This is my backyard and my favourite time of the day. Taken at Snapper Rocks, Qld Australia

  • Tom Gotzy

    Valentine’s Day morning sunrise, 2011

  • Raghavendra
  • Jeanette Troeger

    a mystic break of dawn in the northern black forest, germany

  • Tengku Ariefanda Aziz

    what posititon for camera P,A,S?

  • JOHN F.MUSHUMBUSI

    Hi!I enjoyed much your dawn emages and thank you.Soon I’ll join by sendig you my dawn emages.

  • Alexander
  • RockinRita
  • Nord_de

    Sunrise in north germany. When i look at the photo i think the sky is on fire :)

  • http://www.wihphotel.com/mag/author/martinsoler/ Martin Soler

    Stunning, shared! Not sure why, I find sunsets easier to shoot than sunrises. Maybe it’s because I’m just not as awake in the mornings and thus don’t admire the beauty of the sunrise. Or it’s just that I haven’t been as lucky. Probably it’s also that I can see a nice sunset coming for a few hours ahead (in most cases) but a nice sunrise is more of a hit or miss. Here’s one I took over the forests of Chantilly north of Paris.
    http://martinsoler.com/2011/10/02/sunrise-and-mist-in-chantilly-forest/

  • http://www.wihphotel.com/mag/author/martinsoler/ Martin Soler

    Awesome. Love the composition and the mood.

  • David Parish

    Newport, Rhode Island, USA

  • Ron Kemler

    Early morning at The Peaks of Otter in Virginia.

  • Tom Bricker

    While the National Parks were closed, I went into Acadia and got REALLY lucky with with rainbow just before the sunrise over Bass Harbor Head Light: http://www.travelcaffeine.com/acadia-national-park-bass-harbor-lighthouse-sunrise-rainbow/

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  • ohheckyeah

    Dawn Breaking Over the Blue Ridge Mountains

  • weinsx

    Taken from my old camera phone @ jubail beach

  • http://www.cfleesphotography.com/ Christopher Flees

    These are some absolutely amazing images I definitely am having difficulty picking a favorite but would have to say the mountain reflecting into the pond.

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  • reet hoves

    Amazing
    Photography is the art, science and practice of making tough pictures by recording light or other HERE http://toplistpoint.com/photography-light-camera-top-collection/

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  • http://www.clippingimages.com/ Clippingimages

    Magnificent job of capturing the utmost beauty of this world. Love all of them.

  • Chris Best

    Took this after reading Loving Landscapes. Great book full of excellent tips.

    Taken at North Avoca Rocks, NSW Australia

  • Guest

    An amateur shot taken with a PnS in Kaziranga National park, Assam, India

  • George Norman Patayon

    This is my first time posting my images on the internet. I hope this is nice enough for all of you. ^_^

  • George Norman Patayon

    This is the first time I’m posting my photo outside facebook. I hope this is good enough for you. ^_^

  • Evelyn

    Dawn at Mount Sinai, Egypt …

  • Guest

    Atardecer en la costa del río Salado, Buenos Aires – Argentina

Some older comments

  • Umaramanath

    January 4, 2013 04:59 pm

    Fantanstic photos. I love photos of dawn and dusk. Here I would like to share one of my photos taken at Knysna lake of south africa during my recent trip, It was at early morning 4o clock ,https://plus.google.com/photos/116459681006970319916/albums/5829467544174864257/5829467569122643458?sqi&sqsi

  • Ben Chapman

    December 28, 2012 07:39 am

    The walking man photo is awesome.

    I love the lonliness

  • Jim Huffman

    September 24, 2012 01:44 am

    I would say that dawn is great, but atmospherics are even more important. Fog, mist, clouds and the way light plays upon or through them would seem to be a major contribution to each of these images. I have, in the past few years, become aware of how important having clouds or mist or other atmospheric phenomena in a picture is to making a successful photo. Have you written a post on these things? Love your sight!

  • Benn

    March 7, 2012 03:08 pm

    Beautiful images!!

  • jose fernandes

    March 3, 2012 04:52 pm

    through this images I see that ART can be created by an artist.But the man that can see it through his lens is a PHOTOGRAPHER!

  • Simply Cia

    March 2, 2012 01:59 pm

    Breathtaking pictures.

  • Jamie

    February 29, 2012 10:47 pm

    oops, failed link. here's the one I wanted to put.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamie_doggett/6275664689/in/photostream/

  • Jaspal

    February 28, 2012 09:43 pm

    Hi All,

    I also have a shot to share alongwith some amazing pictures shared by you all.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaspalclicks/6887024535/

  • Jamie

    February 26, 2012 04:01 pm

    Amazing gallery, so inspirational! Here is a dawn shot I took not to long ago. It's only about a half hour drive to this beach from my place :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamie_doggett/6275664689/in/photostream/[/img]

  • Frank Lund

    February 26, 2012 05:27 am

    A stunning collection!
    I've got a dawn photo one too ...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklund/4834895226/in/set-72157624593319276

  • CHUCK

    February 26, 2012 01:52 am

    So I move from Baltimore to North Carolina and the next day I wake up to snow.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/35501802@N06/6782340496/in/photostream

  • dhinesh

    February 25, 2012 09:31 pm

    wow.... simply superb stills.....

  • Peter Truluck

    February 24, 2012 06:54 pm

    Just goes to show what one misses not rising early absolutely stunning shots.

  • Sandeep Verma

    February 24, 2012 05:09 pm

    Hi,
    I am new to photography and have just begun clicking landscapes. These photographs are so inspiring and I am glad I stumbled upon your site by chance. I am learning so much from it. My suggestion is if we could have a tag of places where they were taken and the setting marks of apertures and speed, ISO could be mentioned. It will be great help for me to learn more. Thanks and kudos to the photographers.

  • renato molina

    February 24, 2012 04:42 pm

    amazing pictures. are you sure you didn't special filters in them? i realize some were shot in vancouver or around the area. i wish we could have tags of places where they were taken so more or less know how you compensated on your aperture or speed ....

  • rd

    February 24, 2012 02:50 pm

    The most beautiful time of the day - I try to make it every day. http://www.imagekind.com/GalleryProfile.aspx?gid=42d65f78-4518-48ee-8de2-93603d1679ab

  • Nguyen Duc

    February 24, 2012 01:55 pm

    People! Please post your fotos with your camera and lens info.

  • Steve

    February 24, 2012 11:04 am

    Sorry, that was the wrong link that pointed to the whole gallery...here is my favourite sunrise shot:

    http://steveslaby.zenfolio.com/p655150681/e4cc7a95

  • Steve

    February 24, 2012 11:01 am

    Awesome shots!!! This is my favourite time of day although sometimes I find its a little tough to get up and going in time to capture the perfect sunrise moment, especially in the dead of winter.

    This is my favourite sunrise shot that I was lucky enough to be in the right place on Christmas Morning with ice crystals in the air forming a rainbow :

    http://steveslaby.zenfolio.com/p655150681

  • Chris Doyle

    February 24, 2012 10:12 am

    These are spectacular! I enjoy receiving all the photography "tips". My favourite? All!

  • Sara Kate

    February 24, 2012 09:01 am

    I'd like to use some of your images in my blogs. Is there any way I can get permission to use them?

  • hythum

    February 24, 2012 07:36 am

    A bird on a palm tree

  • hythum

    February 24, 2012 07:31 am

    [At dawn

  • hythum

    February 24, 2012 07:29 am

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  • kgka

    February 24, 2012 06:38 am

    A down from Mallorca, i like this shot :

    View On Black

  • David Marlow

    February 24, 2012 06:08 am

    not too keen on the 'arty' type ohotigraph

  • susheel

    February 24, 2012 05:55 am

    great photographs there. Am a beginner learning with Nikon D3100.

  • Diane Darlow

    February 24, 2012 05:41 am

    These are fantastic. It is an "in your face" reminder that I've got a long way to go.

  • Abhi

    February 24, 2012 05:16 am

    Awesome dawn shots !! made my day.. thanks 4 sharing

  • Darla

    February 24, 2012 05:09 am

    Those are just "WOW!" photos! All are just beautiful!

  • Soody

    February 24, 2012 05:07 am

    Some nice images. Would be good to credit the photographers that made the effort to capture these images.

  • Livia

    February 24, 2012 04:16 am

    Each one is a "wow" image. Inspiring, and yes, hard to choose a fav.

  • Paul

    February 24, 2012 03:42 am

    Some truly amazing photographs here, hard to choose a favourite. Probably the ducks over the lake?

  • Jennifer Lycke

    February 24, 2012 03:41 am

    I sometimes see great photo opps of sunrises, morning dew, and fog during my morning commute, but regrettably it's not practical to bring my 5D to the office or leave in the car. I do, on occasion, try to capture some of this morning beauty with my iPhone, as party of my weekly photo series. http://theartisticlife.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/weekly-photo-6/

  • Geoff Naylor

    February 24, 2012 03:05 am

    As previous contributors have already remarked, there are some wonderful photo's here. Also though a few that look horribly manipulated and Photoshopped.
    I suppose we can see this collection as an example of the 'Do's and Dont's' for a successful dawn shot.

  • Simone Wade

    February 22, 2012 09:42 pm

    Angkor Wat @ dawn

    http://simonewadephotography.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/sunrise2.jpg?w=510

  • David L. Bennett II

    February 22, 2012 01:47 pm

    Figured I'd give this a crack.

    And nice shots guys.

  • swnabi

    February 22, 2012 12:55 pm

    3rd, 13th, 15th ,20th & 21st are not natural looking.Exessive usees of photoshop.
    2,4 5,6,11,23 &24th r nice,mind blowing.

  • Tammy Stockton

    February 22, 2012 02:32 am

    Dawn in Christmas Valley, OR

    http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/312343_10150290555645349_684775348_7612990_4905952_n.jpg

  • milad ayoub

    February 21, 2012 06:00 pm

    best light to best morning pictures

  • Jai Catalano

    February 21, 2012 11:25 am

    Wow some of those were the most inspiring photos I have seen in a while. Great post.

  • Cheryl

    February 21, 2012 10:48 am

    totally my favourite time of day,i try to get shots then as often as i can.These shown are beautiful. cant seem to load up one of mine here,but i do have one i like on my new site( still developing) showing Bournemouth pier approx 4am in the summer.

  • Tomaz

    February 21, 2012 10:32 am

    Wow, just love the pictures! I would choose a favorite but that's not possible :)

  • Cheree

    February 20, 2012 09:27 am

    Here is one of my Dawn photos
    http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb349/PhotosByCheree/Sunrise/sunrise4-11-11.jpg

  • raghavendra

    February 20, 2012 02:24 am

    sun rise with rainy clouds
    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.in/2010/08/sun-rise-with-rainy-clouds.html

  • Richard

    February 19, 2012 12:02 pm

    Thanks for selecting my wave pic as an example.

    @ Biomech.
    Always pping from my original raw files which can look pretty dull & lifeless. Sometimes only just a little (like a crop, levels & sharpening) others a lot more. The wave pic looked pretty good when shooting. Now days I sometimes envisage what the final outcome will be when shooting, like turning a cool winter sunset in to something that looks summery.

  • Ron

    February 19, 2012 05:49 am

    Beautiful photographs of early morning light.

  • As Scene Photography

    February 19, 2012 05:24 am

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  • Jason

    February 19, 2012 03:05 am

    i was extremely chuffed with this which i took earlier this week in krakow http://flic.kr/p/bvs8uK

  • anotherphotographynoob

    February 18, 2012 10:14 pm

    last thursday was quite a foggy dawn at the old clam harbour

    http://anotherphotographynoob.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/clam-harbour/

  • Jack

    February 18, 2012 11:46 am

    Beautiful set of travel photos.

  • Biomech

    February 18, 2012 11:45 am

    Absolutely stunning photos. Is really like to see comparisons between these and the images before any post production. When I see pictures like this it just makes me think how bad my own are.

  • Ferb

    February 18, 2012 11:29 am

    I love all the images, some of them are look suprised. Especially, the last image.

  • Darren Rowse

    February 18, 2012 11:12 am

    Jim - we use Flickrs own embed codes for these images and only use those which are licensed for sharing (unlike many photography sites that rip them regardless). I'm not sure why Flickr doesn't include a text about who the author is in their embed code - however if you do wish to find out more we encourage you to click the photo to be taken to the photographer's flickr site.

  • Andy Mills

    February 18, 2012 11:02 am

    @Jim Richardson:

    "Would be nice if you included credit lines for the photographers. [...]"

    Hold the mouse over the image and it pops up after a second or so, and they do link back to the author's gallery on Flickr, etc.

  • Luke

    February 18, 2012 10:16 am

    Beautiful photos! I think my favorite is the fourth from last.

  • Shawnte

    February 18, 2012 09:53 am

    Stunning photographs here! I'm not a photographer but I sure do appreciate the beauty of certain photographs. Some of these are so beautiful that they look almost unreal.

  • Scottc

    February 18, 2012 09:47 am

    Beautiful images, I especially like the ones including silhouettes.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5841838867/

  • Kiran

    February 18, 2012 08:08 am

    This is a great collection of images. These have given me a lot of ideas about how to capture the quality of light that you only get at dawn and dusk. My favourite photos are the first and last ones. These images have given me some great ideas for my own blog.

  • Jim Richardson

    February 18, 2012 08:07 am

    Regarding the last image. I thought it was by photographer Jim Griggs. I now think I was wrong. Not his. My mistake and please accept my apologies.

    Jim

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    February 18, 2012 06:29 am

    A great collection of images and I really like the diverse nature of them all. The final two images in the post stood out the most to me.

    I combined dawn light and the sunrise with photographing an abandoned cement factory in Cape Coral Florida:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2009/12/27/cement-plant-haikyo-at-day-and-dawn.html

  • pajh

    February 18, 2012 06:02 am

    Some of these are absolutely stunning. Those birds in the fifth shot are so obliging! Taking flight at exactly the right moment.

    There's nothing quite so impressive as Angkor Wat around here, but I'm sure I can get a few decent shots if I have a go.

  • Claire

    February 18, 2012 05:37 am

    Gorgeous photos, too many incredible images to pick a favorite!

  • Jeff E Jensen

    February 18, 2012 05:18 am

    Wow, some amazing images. I think the hot air balloons is a favorite, though it's a tough call.

    I'm planning on heading out tomorrow morning, we'll see what comes of it. In the mean time, heres a few sunrise shots from one of my favorite places:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/01/balancing-rock.html

  • Jim Richardson

    February 18, 2012 05:06 am

    Would be nice if you included credit lines for the photographers. Like Jim Griggs' image (the last one, from Africa.) I'm assuming it was used with permission and/or payment.

    Jim

  • Jack Larson

    February 18, 2012 04:27 am

    These are fabulous!

  • John

    February 18, 2012 04:05 am

    I love getting up early to photograph the sunrise! Definitely one of the most peaceful times of day.

    However, one of my favorites, was this happy little experiment I did about 15-20 minutes before sunrise while I was waiting for the colors in the sky to change.

    http://www.phogropathy.com/something-a-little-different/

    Where I created a very cool transparent version of me using a long exposure.

  • steve slater

    February 18, 2012 03:38 am

    Sometimes sunrise can give you light that makes you think the heavens are opening and welcoming you to a new day:
    The scene is this photo was mesmerising in reality:

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/European-Trees-and-tree-scenes/G0000bfuYMit4B.A/I0000b6qF2.cGZNw

  • Mridula

    February 18, 2012 03:36 am

    Really beautiful and dramatic images. Here is one of mine.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2012/02/chilika-lake-odisha.html

  • bobek

    February 18, 2012 03:27 am

    Sometimes are sun rises just incredible. Especially if you add some water. I've tried to catch the moment on these two

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixhektar/6303573586
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixhektar/6320657721

  • Andy Mills

    February 18, 2012 03:14 am

    There's some absolutely stunning photos posted there!

  • vadi

    February 18, 2012 03:06 am

    Pls. see my photograph - an evening time at Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

    http://500px.com/photo/4792854

  • Ed Letts

    February 18, 2012 02:14 am

    I'm not really a morning person but fortunately I just have to look out my window some mornings for a great shot as was the case with this one.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edletts/6301905093/in/photostream

  • MikeC366

    February 18, 2012 02:10 am

    It's been quite a while since I last got up in the darkness to go on a dawn photo raid. Seeing these makes me think to myself, maybe sometime soon....

    Here is one I took in Oxfordshire, many moons ago: http://wp.me/p268wp-bF

    Mike.

  • Mandy

    February 18, 2012 01:58 am

    Beautiful and amazing!!!

    I love the 2nd one of the dew....

    I love shooting at dawn when I get the chance - just got to do something with the kids???

  • Erin @ Pixel Tips

    February 18, 2012 01:57 am

    These are all such stunning images. Foggy mornings are my favorite time of day to shoot. Even the same scenes I see every day have a whole new personality when seen under the pre-sunrise light.

  • jim

    February 18, 2012 01:53 am

    Best gallery I've seen on here yet. Damn impressive.

    Not as pretty as those but here's our group of urbexers high above the city in Detroit

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22176685@N07/5673446108/in/photostream

  • raghavendra

    February 18, 2012 01:47 am

    Observing the nature at dawn!

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.in/2012/02/exploring-nature-in-evening.html

  • Paul

    February 18, 2012 01:36 am

    Beautiful, thanks for the inspiration :)

  • oppimaniac

    February 18, 2012 01:32 am

    Amazing shots!.
    Make me question myself why I even try...

    But no matter how early I'll set my alarm clock, I'll never be able to see wild animals, wide see, high mountains, brilliant city lights, etc...
    Ok I might get some guys hanging out early or some morning dew...

    No doubt, beautiful shots like this depend a lot on the location.
    I've been able to take a few like this (not as good) when I'm on vacation :)

  • Stacy

    February 18, 2012 01:23 am

    Funny you should post this today... Starting this Sunday, I will be taking sunrise pictures at Brant Rock in Marshfield, MA, every day for a week! I've been planning this for awhile (had to wait for the kids to be out of school), so we're all really excited! Hoping for mixed weather days so that I can take some good black & white shots, too.

    The pictures you posted are beautiful! I hope that I get some great shots as well!

  • Maik-T. Šebenik

    February 18, 2012 01:19 am

    Nice collection of sunrise pictures!

    Here's one of mine:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographrdotnet/3576583632/in/set-72157618884984717
    Dawn on top of Helakala volcano - Maui, Hawaii. We got up at 03:30 to be there in time to experience sunrise over the clouds.

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