23 Beautiful Dawn Images - dPS

23 Beautiful Dawn Images

Beautiful Images Taken at Dawn

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

Beautiful picture 1 - dew on the grass.

Beautiful picture 2 - contgainer ship heading into port.

Dawn Image - city scape

Autumn dawn photo - flock of birds

Misty autumn dawn photo

the gift of the moose

Practice Yoga, Be Healthy! {EXPLORED}

Two men in a boat

Dawn bliss


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 photos taken at dawn. 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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  • 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.


  • 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 ...

  • CHUCK February 26, 2012 01:52 am

    So I move from Baltimore to North Carolina and the next day I wake up to snow.

  • 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

    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:


  • 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 :


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

  • raghavendra February 20, 2012 02:24 am

    sun rise with rainy clouds

  • 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


    Life and Photography are a work in progress

  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


    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:


  • Mridula February 18, 2012 03:36 am

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • raghavendra February 18, 2012 01:47 am

    Observing the nature at dawn!


  • 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. Ĺ ebenik February 18, 2012 01:19 am

    Nice collection of sunrise pictures!

    Here's one of mine:
    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.