Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Summer of Sunrises

Two Horses, Two Riders

Summer 2014 was the Summer of Sunrises for me.  I had always preferred sunsets, simply because they occur at an hour when I'm usually awake.  I never realized how superior sunrise actually is until this summer.  That's not to say that I never saw a sunrise before this summer, I just never really took it in.


The first thing that really got me into sunrises was photographing the horses warming up at the Oklahoma Track in Saratoga.  I did that once last summer and several times this summer.  I recently blogged about my summer at the track here, but on this post, you'll see some photos I didn't include over there.

The morning fog, which is somewhat unpredictable, is one of the things that sets sunrise apart from sunset.  

Just Past Dawn at the Oklahoma Track

Another sunrise I experienced this summer was at the Saratoga Battlefield.  It was here where I really got to experience the beauty and tranquility of nature in the morning hours.  And man, that light breaking through the trees was out of this world!
Saratoga Battlefield Sunrise Behind the Trees

Sunrise at the Saratoga Battlefield

Kosciuszko Monument at the Saratoga Battlefield

Morning Light Hits the Trees at the Saratoga Battlefield (Panorama Version)

Spider Webs at the Saratoga Battlefield

Sun Coming Up Behind the Neilson House

Foggy Morning Light

Looking Up at the Neilson House at Sunrise

To me, getting up to capture a sunrise isn't just about capturing the sun itself rising, it's about capturing the array of fast-changing light that occurs just before sunrise and continues for almost an hour after.  At the Saratoga Spa State Park, the sunrise wasn't incredible, but the morning light was still beautiful.

Fishy Hall of Springs

State Park Sunrise

Morning Light on Saratoga Spa State Park

Morning Light Through the Tree at Saratoga Spa State Park


Now that summer is over and I'm back on my teaching schedule, I won't be photographing sunrises quite as frequently. Until then, I'll just enjoy the photos I captured this summer.

Tools I used to create the photos this post:  Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USMCanon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM, Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Adobe Photoshop CS6

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