Winter? (S)No(w) Thanks!

5 Mar
Winter Sunrise

Winter Sunrise

See what I did there?  I know, I know…I’m so punny. *insert knee slap here*  And that concludes the comedy portion of this blog post!  Thank you, I’ll be here all…um…length of time it takes you to read what I wrote!  (Make sure to tip your waiters.)

The above photo is a great example of a winter New England sunrise.  It’s also the only example I’ve ever posted.  Because…well…I love to sleep. haha  I’m one of those “don’t talk to me until I’ve had some caffeine and a shower” sort of people, because really, I can only respond in monosyllables and grunts.

“Shannon, what do you think about this investment portfolio, should we change our stocks from A to B?”


“Shannon, I think I’ve found the solution to world peace!”


“Shannon, can you lend me your car for a year??”


As you can see, morning-Shannon responses are up for interpretation, which leaves all sorts of room for trouble.  In reality, afternoon-Shannon likes having her money in moderate risk investments, loves world peace and probably can’t go without her car for a year (though she will help give you rides if at all possible).  In other words, I don’t function that well in the mornings…but I’m working on it!

Over the last few months, I’ve been pushing myself to get up around sunset (which is still a pretty reasonable 6am-ish) in preparation for my trip to California with fellow photog David Pasillas (WWWWHHHAAATTT??  You don’t know David’s work??  Get on the band wagon now!  Like…right now!  You can get all sorts of great images and updates on his travels by liking his FB page.  Please and thank you! :-D).  Now…where was I?  Oh yeah…sunrise…training…

My distaste for waking up early doesn’t change the fact that it is one of the few times of day that the light is absolutely peeeeerrrfffeeecctt for taking landscape photos…AKA Golden Hour. Or Magic Hour.  Or Magical Golden I’d Rather Be Sleeping Hour.  The light is soft and there is a good chance of great colors to add interest to your photos.  In other words, dragging myself out of bed is a simple, but powerful change that will give me more opportunities for beautiful landscape shots.

So…what am I saying here??!?

I’m saying if you don’t already, grab your tripod (you’ll need it with the low light) & camera, and find some time to get up way too early/stay up way too late. You’ll be glad you did!

Also, like David’s Facebook page.  He will be glad you did. 😉

8 Responses to “Winter? (S)No(w) Thanks!”

  1. Photographer Ravi March 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Nice winter image

  2. ljr3 March 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    It is the best time of day, well worth getting up and sacrificing a little sleep for, at least once in a while. Besides, very few people will be out and about, you can get the spot you want without having others in your way. I personally love the 5am-7am period for peace and quiet and that is about the time you see all the wild animals too.

    • seeingspotsphoto March 13, 2013 at 3:43 am #

      I am totally with you on this! I just got back from Cali and we did a sunrise in Joshua Tree that really hit home how great this time of day can be. It was so beautiful, I am so very grateful to have experienced it. 🙂

  3. Photography Journal Blog March 13, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    This is a beautiful shot.

  4. Ali Radwani March 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Excellent shot, thanks for the comment. i just add another sample shots for the D7100.

    Have a nice day.

  5. wittpic June 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Beautiful image. Very soft, I like the kindness in it…

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