Thursday, June 15, 2017

Morning and Evening

I strolled along our woodsy path one morning and saw a lot of green, which, however much appreciated, did not make for an inspiring photo.

I did notice this little bundle of unfallen seedpods and thought they stood out from the background somewhat. I like the bokeh of other pods in the background.

I also spied a little clump of fleabane (erigeron), pretty little flowers but even smaller than in the photo below.

That evening, I drove up to Appleton at sunset. As I have previously bemoaned, it is difficult to find good sites for either sunrise or sunset shots locally. But there is a little boat launch that I thought might yield a western exposure, and I was right — sort of. It's not spectacular, but I was able to make it work. I shot with a very wide angle to find some foreground.

A little later, on the way out of the hamlet, I pulled over for this shot.

On my way home, the sky lit up even more spectacularly, but I wasn't able to pull over, and I wouldn't have been by water if I had. Just a note, however, that the best part of the sunset is sometimes after the sun goes down. The same is true of sunrise — once the sun rises the best light vanishes quickly.

The summer weather is drawing me out more, but the best photographic opportunities occur in a short window of time — sunrise and sunset — so one cannot always take advantage.


Marie Smith said...

Great photos, whatever the time of day, AC.

MARY G said...

Also you need to keep the bugs off the camera lens long enough to shoot. I'm with you on the sunrise. Get there early (go to a location where there is a late sunrise?).
The last shot is just different enough to be eye popping.

Tabor said...

Yes, some of my best sunset come 30 minutes after the sun has set.

Jenn Jilks said...

I love Appleton!

Silver Willow said...

in Hawaii, for SURE, the best sunset is 20-30 after it's set. I always chuckle at those who leave early (and let those closest to me know to please stay a little longer for the real reward.)

Mara said...

I would love to take some nice sunset/rise photos, but getting up at 3.30 is a bit early for me! I love yours though.

Mage said...

Yes, here at the beach too. We are a mile up from the water and rarely get down there in time. That second one is luscious.

Ginnie said...

My little old friend who is no longer with us would say "the big guy has his paint brush out tonight" if he saw your last 2 pictures.

Jenn Jilks said...

I was up at 6 a.m., but had NO inclination to seek sunrise!!!!
Good work.