I love capturing the sunrise!

I know the thought of getting up in the pre-dawn hours is completely foreign to a lot of people. Why on earth would you want to be up and about when you could be laying in bed, all comfy and warm, getting just a few minutes more of shut-eye? Yes, I get it, really I do – that used to be me!

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen some of my recent series of sunrise photos. I post the photos on the Seize the Day Project page for everyone to enjoy, but you may wonder why I’ve become obsessed with capturing the sunrise each day. I find myself waking early most morning, before the alarm, ready to start the day. I just don’t seem to be able to sleep in any more. Here’s a few samples of my sunrise pics:

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Some mornings, the scene is simply breathtaking

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The gold of the sun contrasts against the heavy cloud

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Love the colour of the sun reflected on the clouds in this one … and the lone rower

Why I love taking sunrise photos:

  • It’s a great reason to get out of bed early – the pre-dawn light is soft, warm and just beautiful. There are often colours which disappear as soon as the sun rises over the horizon. You only have about a 20-25 minute window between first light and the actual sunrise. It’s the most peaceful time of the day for me.
  • It gets me up to go for a walk – I need the exercise! I’ve been on a weight loss journey for some time now, mainly to improve my health rather than live in the vain hope that I’ll ever be model thin :). I really enjoy walking – it’s easy, fun and free. Part of my walk takes me down along the Tweed River, which is quite pretty, and I often thought – I should bring my camera! When I got a new phone, I was using it for music during my walk, and it’s come in handy for taking photos too.
  • It gives me time to be alone with my thoughts – Sadly, I recently lost my Mum, and my Dad passed away nearly 10 years ago now, so I sometimes like to take a moment to think about them and “talk” to them while I’m in my quiet place. It’s kinda weird being an orphan when you’ve always had your parents in your life …
  • It makes me grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world – While I’m standing on the riverbank, I try to think about at least one thing I’m grateful for and sometimes come up with a whole list.
  • It helps me look at nature in a different way – Most days I go to the same place and while the sunrise is different every day because of the clouds, light and weather, taking a different photo or aspect each day can be challenging. This has made me look around a little bit more and seek out different things I can photograph, like the patterns on the sand, the jetty or my pelican friend.
  • It enhances my creativity – By trying to take a photo each day, I’ve started to learn more about how the camera on my phone works. I’m lucky to have a smartphone with a fabulous camera. It has Pro settings where you can play around with the white balance in the shot and enhance one colour over another. Most of the time, I just let nature display her colours and capture them as is, but sometimes I give her a little help by adjusting the white balance. When I learnt photography, the teacher told us to always “get it right in the camera”, rather than relying on filters or enhancing the shot with photoshop or similar software.
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This particular morning, I was greeted by a beautiful cloud formation when I left home, and when I got down to the river, it had turned to gold!

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Some mornings there’s not much sun or colour, but the blues and even the grey sky can still be interesting

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The pre-dawn colours can be so very pretty

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Fire in the sky

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On the left, I’ve captured the tide marks and evidence of crab activity, in the centre pic, it was still quite early and the mangroves made a lovely silhouette, and on the right, the light was very subtle and the river so calm

Early morning really is the best time of my day. It sets me up for a positive start to the day. If you’d like to see more of examples of me capturing the sunrise, check out this post or this one about Gratitude.

 

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Ah the serenity…

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A variety of shots of one of the jetties

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If only the jetty could speak… what stories it could tell

What’s your favourite time of the day? When did you last see the sunrise?

If you’d like to see the sunrise, but mornings aren’t your best time of day, keep watching my Facebook page for more sunrise photos. Or if you’d like to see the sunrise for yourself, here’s some tips on getting up early:

  • Check what time the sunrise is tomorrow morning by simply typing into Google “Sunrise … ” and add your location
  • Set your alarm at least 30 minutes before sunrise – yes it will be dark when you wake, just get out of bed 🙂
  • In case you hit the snooze button, you’ll need to get out of bed at least 20 minutes before sunrise (or you’ll miss the beautiful pre-dawn light)
  • If you can, map out a walk to a particular place to watch the sunrise – this may be the beach, the river or a hilltop – and allow plenty of time to get there
  • Get your clothes ready the night before so you just have to pull them on and you’re ready to go
  • Charge your phone or camera battery
  • Get ready to capture the sunrise – and don’t forget the pre-dawn can give you the prettiest display of colours
  • Download some music to listen to while you’re out and about
  • Enjoy!

This is what I’m loving about life this week.

I’m honoured to now be a co-host of the Lovin’ Life Linky, which happens each and every Thursday.

Click on any of the links below to read more amazing stories about Lovin’ Life – because we all need to feel inspired and create our own happiness :).

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