Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! I missed y’all last week, and hopefully all of the issues that caused me to miss last week have been taken care of now. I have to say that while technology is an incredible thing, when it doesn’t work, it is incredibly frustrating.
Have y’all had a good start to summer (or winter, as the case may be)? I have officially been on summer break for a week now, and for the better part of that week, I have done back-breaking work in our yard while Sweet Husband has been laid up with an incredibly nasty virus that is apparently going around. I’m about done with yard work and ready to get on with the things that make me happy – the projects I have set for myself for the summer.
One of those projects has been capture more sunrises and sunsets. This is the time of year when they are incredible here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I don’t want to miss them. During the school year it is incredibly difficult for me to get up early enough for a sunrise capture.
For the last several mornings, I’ve gotten up slightly before 5:00 in the morning to make my way out to take photos. It’s given me the opportunity to play around with the new tripod and new lens.
I have to say – I love them both!
It’s taken a little bit of getting used to, and I discovered that somewhere along the way I had some of the basic settings of my camera a little (or in some cases a lot) off. Like for some reason, my exposure compensation was set at +4.3. How long have I been shooting with it so skewed? And why didn’t I think about it before? I suppose that the important thing is that I figured out. Better late than never.
For sunrises, my first thought was to head to the Biloxi lighthouse. Here on the Coast, she is a fine target for photography, and both mornings that I was out shooting, I found several local photographers out as well.
The changes between first light and sunrise are magical to me. The sky goes from that incredible blue hue to lighter and finally to the fiery orange red. Truly magnificent.
This morning as I was making my way to the commercial docks, I could see it unfolding (I might have gotten a bit of a late start), and was absolutely panicked – worried that I was going to miss it because I could see how amazing it was.
I did miss the striated bright pinks as the sun was first starting to peek over the edge, but I got into place in time to capture the more mundane parts of it – if a sunrise is ever mundane.Summer is precious time - as fleeting as the sunrise it seems Click To Tweet
And then once the sun comes up, everything is bathed in beautiful, golden light. It’s difficult to know when to quit clicking the shutter. I once set a goal for myself to take 500 pictures a week – working off the theory of it taking 10,000 hours to master a thing – but if I am shooting on a regular basis, that is easy enough to do. In the last two days, I’ve taken over 200.
Summer is precious time, as fleeting as the sunrise, it seems. I wait for eons for it to arrive and then when it finally does, I’m panicked that I will miss it and all of its glories. I plan too much and attempt to accomplish too many things, knowing that it is impossible for me to pack so much into so little time. Occasionally I need a reminder that things and projects will still be there. When you stop and look, there is much peace and beauty to be found. Perhaps that is the real beauty of the sunrise – to remind us to slow down and appreciate all that is before worrying about what might be but is not yet.
Life is about to be incredibly busy around these parts. My Sner arrives tomorrow, and on Sunday we leave for Missouri to visit with my GrandSner before heading to Nashville for Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam. We will be back home Friday evening in time for my 40th birthday luau on Saturday, and then on Tuesday, I head home with the Sner so we can make our way to Hawaii for a week. I’m also signed up for a course on visual branding so hopefully by the end of June, I’ll be ready to begin pulling together my rebrand of this space. All the while, Photo Friday will be continuing as I’ve got pictures ready to go for you. It’s going to be busy, but it’s going to be a good time. It makes these sunrises even more precious.Perhaps the real beauty of a sunrise is to remind us to slow down Click To Tweet
What are you up to as we transition to a different season? If you’re in the northern hemisphere, how is your summer starting? And those of you who are gearing up for winter, what are you up to? Tell me about it in the comments!
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I’m missed all of your beautiful photos last week, and I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week.
When last we met, our most viewed link came from Sadie of Eclectic Trekker who took us to Sedona. While I’d have to go look at the numbers, I’m pretty sure her link was our most clicked *ever*. Thanks for joining us Sadie!
Two weeks ago, the final link to be added came to us from Sarah at Sarah Celebrates, who showed us a surprising figure in a tree. If you missed her post, or the ones added after you, go check them out! There is always some incredible photography added later in the weekend.
And now it’s time to link-up this week! Remember – one of the great things about this link up is the support that y’all give each other. Please make sure to visit at least two other photographers and leave them a comment. Also – link to your specific post…not your entire blog.
I’m excited to see what you have for us this week!