June Challenge: Sunrise… Entry #5 Sunrise at Sunset Cove

This next entry is from Vickie and I must say, she has an advantage over the rest of us as she has a bird’s eye view of sunrise coming up across the lake from the comfort of her home. I think it’s time for a pajama party at Vickie’s place! (And I’ll have some bacon and eggs to go with my coffee, please!)

“I love living on the lake and my favorite part is waiting to see what the sunrise will be. They are all different and I wait to see how they will slowly develop. A great sunrise makes for the start of a wonderful day!! If the weather is nice, I have my morning coffee watching the sunrise. After over 10 years of living here, it just never gets old.”

Vickie has done a “Tess” and has sent me a couple photos. Not sure which she wanted me to use but once again in the interest of learning, I will post both and let you be the judge. Now… the first one is by far the most colorful and that I like very much but I am finding the silhouettes not to be sharp to my eye, and that is bothersome. When I see a silhouette, it will immediately draw my attention and I think it should be sharp. Also, there is a lot going on in the bottom of the photo (un-needed vegetation) that I think needs to be cropped out as it does not add anything to the photo but rather detracts from that beautiful sky. As you scroll on your screen, stop just below where the land meets the water at the bottom of the photo to see what the cropped version might look like.

Sunrise on Sunrise Cove (Photo by Vickie)

Sunrise on Sunrise Cove
(Photo by Vickie)

BTW… we will be doing a challenge soon on cropping of photos! Just to give you a heads up! Now with digital, it is easy to crop our photos and no need to use them as they come “out of the box”!

The second photo does not have the usual sunrise colors but is much sharper and certainly gives a whole different look to the sky.

” Living on the lake has been such a blessing to me. Every morning is a new and exciting picture out my windows. We have lived here for almost 10 years and I have never seen a sunrise like this one. This picture just doesn’t do justice to the actual sunrise which was just magical. ..sunrise peaking through the clouds and sparkling across the water.”

Sunrise Over the Lake (Photo by Vickie)

Sunrise Over the Lake
(Photo by Vickie)

Thanks Vickie for helping us to learn a bit more about photography! You are indeed fortunate to have such a lovely view each morning! Imagine taking a photo a day of sunrise for a year from the exact same spot and with the same framing and then putting them in a slideshow with each lasting only about a second. Just goes to prove… no two days are alike!


June Challenge: Sunrise… Entry #2 Solar Powered Morning

Oh no… I’m not done with Robin yet.
When I first announced the sunrise challenge her comment was…
“OMIGOSH! Of all the possible challenges, you picked this one? This challenge, for me. is far less photographic than it is biological.
YAAAAAWN!!! My pooor bioclock…”

But rebeKah explained it to her…
“Therefore the word “challenge”, Robin. LOL You gotta get your shut-eye before 12a.m. I’m off to see The Solar Impulse at the airport. Does that count since it is sun related and it is before it next rises again?”

Hey wait a minute! Where did we find all of these Crazy Women?

So Robin, some of the “crazies” have been kind enough to forego a few hours of sleep just so that you may see exactly what a sunrise looks like and Crazy Woman Lorraine is about to show you a “Solar” Sunrise! This is her story, and we know she always has a story to tell!

“I started out on this assignment under self induced pressure. I am one to take several tries at my assignments trying to get the best shot I can. This time I knew I had only one shot at it due to schedules, etc, so I needed to make sure I had things planned out really well. I studied up on sunrises the night before. I planned on using manual settings and adjusted my camera accordingly. I chose a location that I thought would be good. Its off of Hwy 66 near the lake where “My Railroad Bridge” is, which is my year long challenge. My husband had taken a sunrise there before at the first part of the year and I liked the view.

I hurried out to the location to get set up before the sun came up over the horizon. I was pushing it time wise. I arrived and set up my tripod only to discover that I had a lot of brush and vegetation that had grown up around the area that previously had made a good sunrise shot. So off the crazy woman goes literally running with the tripod to try to find some higher land to get a better view. On higher land I could see the sun coming and was disappointed that it was going to rise over the power lines! Geez….of all places! I was hoping for it to come up over the lake more! In the end, the power lines didn’t hurt the shot like I thought they would.

I was afraid that I might have not gotten anything decent but was pleasantly surprised at some of the good shots I ended up getting!”

Solar Powered Morning (Photo by Lorraine)

Solar Powered Morning
(Photo by Lorraine)

June Challenge: Sunrise… Entry #1 Early in the Day

The deadline for the Sunrise Challenge was looming and I sent out this e-mail:

“OK all you crazies! Thus far I have gotten only one sunrise photo for the monthly challenge! I really did think you were all crazier than that and will extend the deadline through the Summer Solstice which is June 21.”

Robin (as in, the “other Robin”) immediately sent this response:
“Just can’t do it. Heart refuses to pump that time of day.”

And my response was: “Quick! Call 911! See you are a crazy woman!
I was having second thoughts after posting it but hey… it’s called shooting something different!”

And Robin said: “Yea, maybe, but probably not. Haven’t seen a sunrise since I was extremely young. Not a morning person. Now, you want moon shots, I’m just waiting for Sunday night 🙂 Gonna use my hefty tripod this time, no truck going by is gonna spoil my shot!”

Me: “Spoken like a crazy woman, Robin!”

Robin: “I’m so glad to have, in some small way, lived up to your expectations, O great one-eye’d one.”

So after this exchange, I was not expecting much but then to my surprise I got 6 sunrises! You women really are crazy! Even I procrastinated until the last moment and by then the clouds were more common than the sun.

Soooo… here is the first sunrise from Donna:

“Early in the Day”
“I had been talking to Debbie and Merrie at work about shooting the sunrise and encouraging them to shoot a sunrise from work out the windows in the morning since they would be up-and-at-em anyway. Last Thursday, I thought to myself you should really take your own advice since I had to be in at 6:30am. I took my camera with me to work and on the way I stopped at the end of the Lake Ray Hubbard Bridge and shot the sunrise as it appeared over the lake. I decided not to crop the picture too much because I liked the image with the cars and bridge which went along with my journey to catch the sunrise!”

Early in the Day (Photo by Donna)

Early in the Day
(Photo by Donna)