Summer sunrises in Michigan can be difficult even for the early bird. The sun rises just before 6 a.m. I try to be in place about a half hour before sunrise. Say 5:30 ish. If I plan on driving or even hiking I take into account that time expenditure as well. This means on average to catch a sunrise you'll be getting up around 4 a.m. depending on your travel and prep time. It's definitely not for everyone, my wife included, but I do believe the best images are made at sunrise.
This image was made near the Maple Bay Natural Area between Traverse City and Elk Rapids Michigan. (See Map Below) The fog provided great mood and added depth to the photograph. The birds flying about are also noticeable in the morning sky. Just these few simple elements make an ordinary image extraordinary art.