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Pre-dawn Sky

Posted by
Larry Lefever (Lititz, United States) on 5 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

One of the restrictions of last year's 'Shoot and post a picture every day' project was having to choose just one image from a day's shoot. So, this year I get to share all of what a given day shared with me. This morning's sunrise will appear over the next 3 days.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1 second F/16.0 ISO 200 29 mm

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

great harmony and balance !!! beautifully done!

5 Jan 2011 6:22am

@sunstone_maria: Thanks, maria. Hope the week is treating you well.

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I love your self imposed restrictions. Look forward to seeing how you approach the same image in different ways.

5 Jan 2011 7:30am

@Bettina: Being self-taught, I find that projects with guidelines provide the structure I need to learn.

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fabulous and I agree with Bettina.

5 Jan 2011 8:08am

@Richard: Thanks, Richard.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

For a newcomer this is very instructive, there are two great hours to be out shooting, the hour before dawn and the hour after sunset. It takes dedication, such as yours, to fetch home pictures like this.

5 Jan 2011 9:27am

@Curly: Thanks, Curly. I can't tell you how many times I've photographed a sunset, packed up the gear and headed home, only to look in the rear view mirror and see the sky explode with color. Those treasures only last a matter of moments, then fade to gray. So, for sunrise ... get there when it's dark, for sunset ... leave when it's dark.

Anne Ditmars from Trenton, United States

Fantastic Colors! Fantastic Shot!

5 Jan 2011 12:58pm

@Anne Ditmars: Thanks, Anne.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Spectaculair!!! Looking forward for the next :-)

5 Jan 2011 1:35pm

@Marleen: Thanks, Marleen. Friday's post is a little ... interesting.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

We get to see more? Don't know if I can stand it; this is just too beautiful.

5 Jan 2011 1:56pm

@GJC: I should have saved this one for the last in the series. :)

Josh from United States

Larry, I drove past these siblings in their play pens yesterday afternoon and wondered if you knew they were there. Apparently you did as it shows on this particularly awesome sunrise!

5 Jan 2011 2:34pm

@Josh: Siblings in their playpen .... I like that.

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Lovely lighting again! Every capture of yours brings out very wonderful lighting!

5 Jan 2011 2:41pm

@Punit: It's all around us. :)

Jake from Hartselle, United States

Awesome love the richness of the tones, good picture set ups as well, fence draws my eyes right to the great horizon.

5 Jan 2011 7:21pm

@Jake: Thanks, Jake.

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

This is just gorgeous, Larry! What a great variety of the purple tones. Wow!

5 Jan 2011 8:15pm

@Barbara Lee: I'm always drawn to those pinks, magentas, and blues. :)

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

beautiful light and capture...well worth the early rise!

5 Jan 2011 8:20pm

@Ted: Thanks, Ted. With sunrise around 7:30 ... well that's like lunch time for an old country boy. :)

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

But Larry, I miss seeing your time stamps!

5 Jan 2011 9:34pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

amazing mood and colour tones!

6 Jan 2011 2:56am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

The first light can be the most beautiful of the day. Great catch Larry!! Love the view...

6 Jan 2011 6:16pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States


6 Jan 2011 7:03pm

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

Larry, you are lucky to get those colors! We don't see that in California sunrises, at least not in the Bay Area! They are much more pastel.

7 Jan 2011 6:05am

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
1 second
ISO 200
29 mm