Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sunrise... my new friend~

Since I retired, I don’t often see the sunrise—by choice. No more setting my alarm. I wake when I wake, and it's usually well after the sun has broken the horizon.

As a photographer, I know this cuts out the best light of the day, but what's wrong with sleeping late and going after the sunsets? 

Recently, I joined Plymouth Digital Photographers, an online photography club that has frequent live meet-ups to shoot at various places in the area.

A twice a year opportunity arose this week to photograph the Bourne Bridge and the Railroad Bridge with the sun rising beneath them both! The same alignment happens again in August, so I’ve been told.

So when my alarm went off at  4 a.m., I dressed quickly, got my camera and tripod, and set off for Wareham, a town on the "mainland" side of the Cape Cod Canal-- a forty minute ride from where I live. 

The forecast was iffy;  it had rained off and on in the night. Who wants to wake early if the sun might stay in bed?

Still, I made myself go. And the sun more than rewarded me and the one other lady who showed up. Not only did we get some beautiful shots, we chatted over coffee and bagels afterward.

This early morning trip revived my love of early light.  I just may set my alarm now and again. In fact, I'm sure I will.
Click on photos to enlarge.

"The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once..." ~John Muir


Alice Folkart said...

Oh Ruth - I'm glad you got up so early! You're right - best light. My favorite is the Cape Cod shot - captures the essence of morning - the way the light strikes that last house on the right is perfect with all the houses leading up to it from the left in shadow. Makes me sleepy to look at it. And the big triangles in the composition - the water is one, the sky another, that cloud bank a third, the huddle of houses and those rusty rocks in the foreground . . . Very nice. Visual echoes. Good work. And bagels too?


Wanda said...

Even in retirement, getting up early has it's rewards.

Thanks for sacrificing that sleep so we could enjoy the gift you have when you point your camera.

Alsolutely breathtaking, Ruth.

deanna said...

Beautiful, Ruth. So glad you kept that appointment with earliness. :o)

Leigh said...

So true!

Most of best photos were taken at or near dawn.

You got some nice photos for your effort.

You write well Ruth, it is a pleasure to read your writings,

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~~ Leigh
(PS, I set my blog on monitored status so I can choose who comments; this avoids the word verification thing but can delay postings)

Pauline said...

Just plain gorgeous! That bridge looks like a fairytale bridge that stands alone with no visible connection to the land on either side. And the last shot with the sun on the rocks and the one house reminds me that dawn and sunset are my two most favorite times of day!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! I also photograph Cape Cod!