Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! As I type this, I have one day of school left before i get to taste sweet freedom for an entire week. I love that here in the South, we deem food and the feasting that happens on Thanksgiving so much that we teachers (& students!) get an entire week off in order to both prepare and recover. Some school districts only give their employees Thursday and Friday for the holiday, which is better than nothing but makes Thanksgiving dinner preparation a bit hectic.
With the switch to daylight savings time, the sun is rising earlier, which means that on my way to work, I’m able to capture the sunrise again…if I can drag myself out of the house in time. I haven’t quite made the adjustment to the earlier hour, though, and I’m usually catching just the end of the sunrise rather than those gorgeous dramatic moments that lead up to it.
The weekends are a different story, though. Our doggies like to get up around 5:30, which means I tend to get up around 5:30. An early wake-up call gives me the opportunity to get out and both see and capture the magnificence of a sunrise.
Last weekend, when I left the house, I felt that familiar panic: I saw how amazing the colors were. Bright and vivid, lighting up the world in hot pinks, dark purples, and fiery oranges. Not being able to get somewhere to shoot terrified me.
This past weekend, I gambled and lost.
While the Coast has miles and miles of beaches, there isn’t necessarily a lot of parking along the beach. Because I’ve been photographing the Broadwater lighthouse quite a bit, I didn’t really want to stop there, but I should have. If I had stopped in that place where I normally stop, I would have caught the beautiful light. Instead I decided to race down Beach Boulevard to the Biloxi lighthouse, picturing those incredible colors on fire behind the Coast’s most recognizable beacon. By the time I pulled into the parking lot, though, the sky was washed out and the color almost completely gone.
If you caught my Facebook Live video, I tried to wax philosophical about it, but the truth is that it was incredibly disappointing to have glimpsed perfection and then been unable to grasp it.
The only way I could think of to attempt to salvage the whole thing was to turn them into black and white photos, which fit because this week was also my first real attempt at full moon photography.
I’m not entirely happy with these photos as I was struggling with focus. Additionally, I didn’t get out early enough to get the kind of photos I wanted. I had wanted to play around with some framing – perhaps with the trees or the bridge at Popps Ferry. The good thing is that while there won’t be another super duper full moon this year, there will be another super moon before the end of the year, and it should present me with another opportunity to get my focus right.
Finally this week, I’m leaving you with a great blue heron. You may have seen the color version on my Instagram. Usually those guys aren’t very friendly and don’t let me get close enough with my wide angle lens to make it worth while. I’ve actually got two of them in the last week, which makes me happy.
I hope your week has been wonderful! If you’re state-side, I hope the thought of spending time with your family and friends is a happy one. I certainly am thankful for all of you and your continued support! We will be having Photo Friday next week. For those of us in the States, it will be live on Wednesday afternoon so we can enjoy our families. Let me know what you’re thankful for this week in the comments!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I’m so thankful that you’re here with us again this week and excited to see what you have to share!
Suzy at Just Simple Somethings who shared some amazing fall colors for our final link. Remember – there are some great links that are added later in the weekend. If you missed them, go check them out! Also – make sure you’re visiting at least two other blogger photographers. I know I’ve been slacking on that; I’ll get caught up this week 😉
Thanks for joining us each week! Y’all are the bright spot in my days!