Monday, February 12, 2007

A new day dawns


Sunrise over the 401
Woodstock, Ontario, February 2007 [Click to embiggen]

Photography from a car moving at 110 km/h (roughly 68.3508 mph) is challenging on the best of days. It's even more difficult when you're driving.

I'm kidding, of course (put the phone down, Mom!) I would never shoot while at the wheel. And neither should you. End PSA.

I took this as a passenger while driving with colleagues to a career fair last week in Waterloo. While we all animatedly chatted about the day ahead, my mind wandered as I took in a sky that looked like it had been painted. I grabbed the camera and shot many, many pictures, hoping to capture that elusive glow that comes with the dawning of a clear, cold day.

I've been trying to keep the camera close by as often as possible. I believe it's allowing me to take pictures that would otherwise never be taken. Logically, I figure it expands my horizons as a photographer. It also lets me measure the responses of total strangers, which is always a heck of a lot of fun.

Your turn: Let's talk about the sunrise, and what it means to you.

17 comments:

Anna said...

I am the same way Carmi. I carry my camera wherever I go because I never know when I am going to see that one shot.

This is a very soothing photo with the auburns...there is nothing like a good clear sunrise. Good shot!

Karen said...

I was just thinking about how many photos you must have and wondering whether you have them carefully organized. Somehow I think you do. Good for you. Great photo. Well done.

Just stopping by to say hi this evening. Hope you're well.

kenju said...

Man oh man, that is exquisite. That may be your best photo ever.

Sunrise? It means the promise of another day, week, year, decade, century, eon.....

Snaggle Tooth said...

Seeing the sunrise means I've been awake all night, n couldn't fall asleep due to being keyed up from a bad night at work, or had too many pressing chores before zzz time...
But I like feeling the hope it sings in it's glory of rays- as in your photo

srp said...

I'm not sure I should tell you this, but most of my sunrise and sunset pictures (except the ones at the beach or by water) have been taken in a moving car while driving... but not with my new Canon... with the smaller Canon that had the large view screen on the back so I could just set it on top of the steering wheel and snap away. I promise I didn't take my hands off the wheel or my eyes off the road... well except for just a glance.

They say confession is good for the soul. (Cringing and waiting for my reprimand.)

Awareness said...

I love early morning......do my best writing then.....the gift is a chance to see the sunrise. Hope, anticipation of a brand new day.
My house sits up on a hill with a view of the Saint John River and the most beautiful sunrises right from my livingroom. I never grow tired of the varying colours of light......

oh.......I'm off to go check out this morning's gift.

beautiful shot.......carmi.

Rainbow dreams said...

Thats beautiful...
we share a camera - I would love one to just have with me...to capture something of all those moments that just happen, somehow I lost you from my favourites so have linked you, hope thats ok, katie

fifenhorn said...

Sunrise generally means that I am up WAY too early. There are some SPECTACULAR sunrises here in Kansas though...the open prairies make for great sunrises and sunsets. We have a "scenic turnout" heading out of the city, and one of these mornings, I am going to head out there and take some sunrise pictures.

Side note: I took pictures from a moving car (and yes, I WAS driving) in Germany...the last few weeks we were there, I drove all around and just snapped pictures of everything I wanted to remember. Crazy, but I did manage to get some great shots (and the bugs on the windshield don't show!)

ChaCha said...

Sunrise...
a fresh beginning
a new start
a smile
life
and
thank goodness I am still breathing

Jef said...

Career fair?

Ever sine art school, I have been fascinate with orange.

Winter sunrises and sunsets seem to have an intense hue.

Sunrises are moments of quiet clarity spent in silence and deep in thought. Flashes of truth and faith slip through, bypassing the ego and conscious mind. Their short magical moments that linger a lifetime, unlike the monotony of bright sunny days.

sari said...

Hi -

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really like your photos - there's one down the page a bit called Institutional Green - it looks like maybe an old beach hotel - you can throw the windows open and smell the sea. I didn't notice at first, the link to the stairs with the bright colors. But I did like the first one as well, even though it's not as vibrant.

See you again!

Star said...

that is a beautiful poto.

SJ said...

Did you take the photo this morning? I noticed a beautiful orange sunrise between the curtains on my way to the snooze button... several times. Had it not been 25 degrees below zero it would have been enough to get me out of bed and out of the house with a camera, myself. Of course, it wouldn't have compared to your photo, but it was a lovely morning, aside from the cold.

Thanks for the blog comments.

Em said...

Very nice photo! I took one of the sunrise yesterday and used it to make a card for my wife for today. Hope she approves of my efforts. :)

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!

surcie said...

Gorgeous, Carmi.

mrsnesbitt said...

WOW!
I am pillion, ie travelling on the back of a motorbike, and I see things I just want to capture!


Ahem...........
but at 120 mph it is a tad difficult to reach into my bumbag & take out my camera LOL!

Grat stuff!
Hope you will visit my blog & see my Bike adventures.

Dx

Chad Oneil said...

Beautiful sunrise.