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Up Early to Catch the Sunrise

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I made it a point during a stay last October at a bed and breakfast outside of Tucson, Arizona, to get up early to catch the sun rising over the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The view wasn’t as colorful or spectacular as the sunset I had photographed from the same location the night before.

But it was a nice view nonetheless. It was quite cool in the desert. It might be in the 90s during the daytime, but the air cools rapidly after sunset.

There was a small wisp of clouds over the mountains that caught the early  morning light. The air was still aside from a few birds chirping away.

It was one of those moments I won’t soon, if ever, forget.

I Didn’t Follow My Own Rules But Got the Photo Anyway

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I wrote a while back about how when I’m traveling by myself I’ll have my camera bag on the passenger seat and the camera turned on in case I see something I want to photograph.

The photograph above was made on one those trips when I was not following that rule. My camera bag was in the trunk and the camera was turned off.

I had stopped at a convenience store to buy a newspaper to read while I had breakfast at Bob Evans restaurant near Burbank, Ohio, just off Interstate 71.

I was en route to Columbus but didn’t expect to make any photographs until the afternoon. As I came out of the convenience store, I noticed a nice looking sunrise. It was just before 7 a.m.

I could have photographed it from the convenience store, but poles and wire would have cluttered the shot. I got in my car and began driving down a rural road toward the sunrise.

I pulled into the truck entrance at one of those massive truck stop complexes you find along the interstate highway system and raced to get my camera out in time.

The sun was partly obscured by a cloud. When I first spotted the rising sun it was a whole orb. But not now.

Nonetheless, I liked the colors and even the play of the sun with the clouds. You could say I traded the clutter of poles and wires for the clutter of trees, but the latter occur naturally, which gives the image a more authentic look.

Written by csanders429

April 28, 2017 at 4:53 am

Whose House This is I do Not Know

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I have no idea who owns this house. It was just another home that I happened to see on a drive westward coming out of Salem, Ohio.

But it was nearly time for sunset and I liked the glint effect of the light. I was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend and I made this image from the passenger seat without my friend even slowing down.

I guess that makes this a literal grab shot. Yet I liked how it turned out.

When the Sun Rose Over Galion, Ohio, I Was Ready

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“Always have your camera ready” may not have quite the same ring to it as “F8 and be there,” but it is equally sage advice.

When I’m traveling by myself on a photography expedition I have my camera bag sitting on the passenger seat and turn on my camera before leaving on my journey.

Such was the case in early March when I was driving to central Ohio. It was still dark when I left home and I was keeping a watch on the eastern sky.

Just before reaching the Mansfield area the skies turned cloudy. So much for getting a sunrise photograph.

But as I made my way west on U.S. 30, I could see in my rearview mirror a hint of red and pink that only intensified with each passing minute.

U.S. 30 is a limited access highway here and as luck would have it my exit featured an overpass. That would be my vantage point.

I went up the ramp, made a left turn and parked just beyond the bridge. I pulled the camera out of the bag and walked briskly back to the bridge. I know from experience that the window of opportunity for the most intense colors of a sunrise or sunset come in a very small window.

Besides, the air temperature was quite cool and there is something about cold that motivates me to move a little faster.

Fog, Sunrise, Clouds

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Some of the more intriguing images I’ve made have come to me as I was a passenger in an automobile on trip. Typically, it was early morning or late day and the scene involved sunrise or sunset.

This image was made in December 2015 near Altoona, Pennsylvania.

It was cloudy, but not so overcast that I couldn’t see the sun. The fog had mostly lifted, but continued to blanket the low-lying areas in the valleys.

The interplay of the sun and the clouds made for some interesting patterns. Sometimes, it’s nice to be the passenger rather than the driver.

Reflections on a Long Ago Sunset

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I ran across this Kodachrome slide more than a year ago while looking for something else. I set it aside and planned to put it back in the box but for some reason it never got put away.

It has sat on my desk for several months gathering dust. While scanning slides for a book project, I decided to do something about this slide. I cleaned it and then scanned it.

The slide mount is stamped December 1979. Chances are it was one of a handful of frames left on a roll of film that I exposed during a trip to Florida.

My memory is that I made this image at the edge of the backyard of the house in which I was living at the time. It wasn’t just any house. It was the house in which I grew up and moved back to after college when a job offer came along in my hometown of Mattoon, Illinois.

Our house was on the edge of town and the view to the south and southwest was farm fields. In December the sunset would have been toward the southwest.

I no longer remember why I made this particular image. Maybe I was standing in my backyard, saw the sunset and decided to capture it.

I used to spend a lot of time standing on the edge of the field abutting our property, looking toward the southwest and thinking about things.

In December 1979, I had a lot to think about. My mother had died tin October of cancer. A friend had died in a plane crash on Thanksgiving Day. I was going through tough times.

Amid a period of recovering from grief I saw beauty in this scene. I vaguely remember stopping down the aperture just to see what effect it would have.

I must have gotten on my knees to frame the vegetation in the foreground, plants that many might call weeds.

The image turned out darker than I would have liked, but I liked what I saw. I still do.

The slide from which this image was scanned has since been placed back into its box. In life, there are always times when things must be put away, even if they are never quite forgotten.

Good Morning, Fargo

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I can count on my right hand the number of times I’ve been in Fargo, North Dakota. In all instances I was passing through Fargo on a train.

And so it was with my latest visit in May 2014. I awoke in my sleeping car compartment aboard Amtrak and became aware that the train wasn’t moving.

I pulled back the curtains on the window and spotted a train station. Yeah, that sign on the depot told me where I was.

You’ll notice the image is crooked. I could have leveled it, but wanted to preserve the outline of the window of my compartment to give the sense that I was aboard the train.

I also didn’t want to lose the early rays of the rising sun at the far left edge. That light is what I find most interesting about this image. There are some clouds in the distance over downtown Fargo that also show early morning light even if effect is not as dramatic as it is over the station.

It is that hour of the day when daylight is dawning but the night has not yet relinquished its grip. Like the twilight, this transition from darkness to light has a mystique all its own.

This would be an interestingly day. I would spend all day riding the train and capture sunrise and sunset as the train made its way toward Seattle.