04 August 2014
Let me know which you prefer and why.
I am constantly searching for the best vantage point to capture the day’s first light. When the display begins before 6:30 a.m., my mind must be prodded really hard to acquiesce. On the day of this photo shoot the sunrise was scheduled for 5:56 a.m. But I succumbed.
I awoke determined. My mission was cast. I must find a new setting for this photogenic event. Previous destinations have not had those sweeping panoramas. Nor did they have the depth and breath of the landscape that must be presence to try and do it justice.
I’ve been seeking the perfect spot for a very long time, but it has alluded me. Still, it was not just that daily event that encourages and energizes me. Equally, it is my ongoing fascination with natural light.
And so it was that I stepped from my car, and climbed the gradual incline to my small town’s reservoir. As I reached the midway point, the sun began its ascent from dark clouds to bright formations. As the sun’s rays broke into melody, I knew that I finally had found the apt place with enough of an open vista to view as many dawns as I can muster the fortitude to witness.
As I watched the moment-by-moment alterations of this first light, I knew that my discovery was acknowledged and confirmed. Each abatement or acceleration enticed and promoted my emotions.
I continued on my walk, heading toward the top of the hill where the trail circles the reservoir. The path was salt and peppered with bikers and some serious joggers, none of whom changed my affection for this adventure.
The reservoir has become a wildlife habitat. Years ago when it was built, they came: animals, birds, insects, flowers, trees, grasses, and so much more found a new residence. And my town received an ongoing water source (emergency supply only) plus a quiet retreat for biking and pedestrian traffic.
In the Lens section are the result of this excursion. I’ve posted a variety from the photo shoot, because the morning gave such brilliant and then subtle light that it was worth every bit of energy needed to get there.
Temporarily, my search for a glowing sunrise was realized. In reality that journey will never be complete, because I’m on a constant pilgrimage to seek the poetry of natural light.
No matter how many times a sunrise or sunset performs before me, I feel in the midst of another epiphany. These glorious beginnings or endings of a day are the usual for Mother Nature, but they confound me.
Tip of the Week: On the iPhone Photography School website I found a video (10:04 minutes) that shows iPhoneographer Emil Pakarklis editing a sunset photograph using Snapseed. Although he does more editing on his image than I ever do on any of mine, it’s worth the time to watch what he does. Click here to view it. Click here to see on the same Website “30 Amazing iPhone Photos that Show Stunning Sky.”
View other entries for this week’s challenge: Nature
If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.