Wish I could always start my day like this. You have to get up early, but it is worth it!
My favorite part of our stay at Hilton Head was when we would walk over to the beach and watch the sun rise. At this particular time, the tide was out and the color of the sky and the clouds overhead were reflected in the water on the beach. It’s almost like having two sunrises at the same time.
Hilton Head Island
Palmetto Dunes Beach Park
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/16 – 1/3 sec – ISO 100
This week has been a real challenge weather-wise. It has been too cold and too dreary for me. I know, there are other places that got snowed in and where it is really very cold but I was so ready for spring and summer weather that this is just not fair.
It’s only been a couple of weeks since we traveled down to St Augustine but I’m definitely wishing for this kind of morning over what I see out my window. Gotta say, watching the sun rise over the waves at the beach would sure be nice right now!
St Augustine sunrise at the beach
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm @ f8 – 1/250 sec – ISO 400
Of the days we were in St Augustine, this was the one morning that was not rainy. We were planning to sleep in but woke up early anyway and went out to walk the beach. It was still a little misty on the horizon but the sunrise was really nice. I got this shot of the sun rising through the pier with a nice reflection off the wet sand and that told me it would be a good morning.
Sunrise at St Augustine Beach pier
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
24mm @ f29 – 1/125 sec – ISO 100
Apparently the definition of season is a very relative thing. Now, I have a very strict idea of what the seasons are supposed to be as follows:
- WINTER – December, January, February
- SPRING – March, April, May
- SUMMER – June, July, August and
- FALL – September, October, November
This image was made at Rocky Mountain National park in May. It sure looks like winter to me. I’m sure this is very ordinary weather in this part of the country in May but it was a bit of a shock to me. Why is it that we are so surprised when all our rules are turned upside down when we go to a new place?
The reality is that each place has its own seasons. When I look back on the places that I have lived, the seasons were certainly not the same. In New Orleans, I always told people there were only 3 seasons: Hot, Wet and Hurricane. In Milwaukee, they had four seasons but winter was half the year and spring and fall lasted about a week each.
I guess I need to get out more so I am not so stuck in one way of thinking.
What do you think?
Parking area to Bear Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park
Nikkor 18-105 lens
18mm f/22 1/6 sec ISO 100
Although there are things about Facebook that I don’t like, the ability to keep in touch with people who share the same interests is a wonderful plus of participating in this social media application. I saw an event posting from the North Georgia Photography Club for a sunrise shoot at Black Rock Mountain State Park. Since the club is located in Dahlonega, Georgia which is an hour or more drive for me, I hadn’t joined them previously but I knew some of the members so, I contacted my friend Mike Sussman and got the OK to join them.
We met at a church just outside the park entrance and, by special permission, were able to get in the gate before the official opening time. It certainly was a privilege to be able to drive in and have the whole place to ourselves!
We went in to a nice platform that was set up as a scenic overlook which gave us a wonderful, panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains even if it was a little crowded with photographers and camera equipment.
Outings like this are such a fantastic way to visit a location that you haven’t been to previously. The park is within an hour of so of most of the club’s members, many of them had been here before and knew their way around. Since the group was also composed of photographers, there was a wealth of experience on the best place to shoot and what settings work best.
North Georgia Photography Club members at overlook
The group next moved on to the Visitor’s Center and wandered about that area to get another view of the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.
From here, we all went out for breakfast at Granny’s Kuntry Kitchen in Clayton, Georgia before going on to the next part of our outing.
I will continue the story in tomorrow’s post.
All of these images were taken with my latest lens acquisition: Tamron’s nice ultra-wide angle beauty, the SP 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II. So far, I’m getting great results with this lens. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that it has a minimum focus distance of just under 10 inches which I think will make for some neat close-up wide-angle opportunities!
After spending most of the night shooting the stars, the group returned to the YMCA of the Rockies for a short nap and then… back to the Park. The sunrise brought a whole new dimension to the beauty of the mountains.
The site we were at provided two different views of equal value. On one side the sun was rising and you saw the traditional light on the horizon growing in brightness and color. On the other, all the reflected light. Not quite as bright but easily just as stunning. I am coming to appreciate how David Akoubian takes this into account when scouting a location and how he teaches students to “always look both ways” when shooting a scene. Great advice in any situation. Always plan for the image you want to capture but never miss an opportunity!
Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD @ 30mm
f/11 1/2 sec ISO100
Processed with Adobe Lightroom