Growing up, I didn’t have a tradition of attending sunrise (sonrise) services on Easter morning. Sure we got dressed up in our new Easter dresses and outfits and made our way to church but as a kid, it was really much more about hunting the boiled, dyed eggs. My grandpa Conrad took us down to my Great Grandmother’s were there was plenty of space to roam and plenty of places to hide those eggs. We never hid plastic ones; I don’t know why. We just hid the same hard boiled eggs over and over again.
Usually for Easter, Sweet Husband and I are at his parents’, readying to attend his father’s church’s production of the Passion. This year we elected to do all of that Friday night so we would then have an entire weekend at home together. SH asked, though, if we could get up early and watch the sunrise along the beach. I was perfectly OK with that because I wanted to practice my photography skills.
I am reminded that I really, really need a good tripod. All of these photos were hand-held, and unfortunately they suffer from that lack of stability. I used my zoom lens to capture both the full moon and the sunrise, and both could have used the steady influence of a tripod.
I include them here because despite the soft focus and the blur, I still really like them. I know what I need to do differently to get the shot that I want, but I find beauty in this moon.
Then the sun began to rise, painting the sky orange, purple, and pink.
SH noticed that the tide was out far enough to allow him to walk out on to a sandbar, and he stood there for quite some time. I left him alone because Friday night I had been reminded how important his faith is to him. I felt like part of the reason why he wanted to greet the sun on Easter was because it was important for him to experience one of the holiest, most important days of the year to him – to pray, to meditate on it, to connect with others who share his beliefs.
This is my favorite photo of this set. I had another where SH was in silhouette and looking up at the sky, but unfortunately the focus was too soft to save it. Perhaps I can convince him to try it again with me some morning…or evening.
He was joined by many little friends, disappointed that we didn’t bring them breakfast.
Before we knew it, the sun really was coming up over the Biloxi casinos.
These photos will be re-edited at some point very soon. I feel like the post-processing choices I made make these feel much more like sunset shots rather than sunrise, but that is more than OK too. It’ll be interesting to see what the differences are.
This post is part of a 10 on 10 photo circle. Last fall I took the Clever Cookie blogging course, and one of the features of the course was a concentration on photography. After the course ended, to continue to practice our skills, some of us created a Photography Circle. In a circle, you move from one post to the next linked post until you wind up back where you began. For a 10 on 10 project, you are choose 10 photos documenting your life – perhaps a day, perhaps the favorite photos from the month.
Some of you may have made your way to me from Di of Lime and Soda. All of you will leave me and make your way to Veronica at Mum of Five Girls. If you are starting with me, you will know that you have completed the circle when you make it back to me. Enjoy these images! And leave the other members of the circle some love when you visit. We all LOVE comments!