It’s Definitely Worth Getting Up Early For Sunrises

I was fortunate enough to get to spend last week in Florida, visiting my Dad.  Of course, when I went, I took along my camera gear to do some photography as well.  I ended up with a number of nice sunrise shots.

Who Wants To Get Up Really Early When They're On Vacation?

Not me, that’s for sure.  Getting up at while it’s still dark when on vacation often seems like taking perfectly good ice cream and pouring mustard all over it.  

But, then again, for photographers, sunrise and the time right before and after it are the prime hours for photography.  And, if you want to photograph a sunrise, you have to get up early.  So, despite being on vacation, I set my alarm for a bit after five o’clock and went out to shoot.

How I want to be early in the morning . Image used because my wife loves cats. Image credit: Sabri Tuzcu from Unspalsh

So, Where'd You Go?

I ended up shooting in two different places — twice at Coral Cove State Park and once at Lake Worth Casino.

Every morning was overcast and I was afraid that I wasn’t going to come away with a single useable shot.   Indeed, the first morning I went to Coral Cove, the sun didn’t come out at all.  I shot the waves a bit, but didn’t really come away with anything that I felt confident displaying.  

The others days, the sun did peak out a bit here and there (and, even, for a brief few minutes, even fully showed its face).  But, as the expression goes, when life gives you lemons…  

In the end, I did some away with a few shots that I liked.    Take a look:

Here Comes The Sun
Morning. I decided to go with a more surreal look for this photo.

The first four of those shots came from Coral Cove State Park on a single morning.  The last image is from Lake Worth Casino.  The sky was really overcast that morning, but fortunately, the sun’s light peaked through the clouds to give us those beautiful crepuscular rays (also known as Jacob’s Ladder).  

Picking A Favorite

So, as luck would have it, this week’s theme for 52 Frames was “Nature.”  Naturally (pun intended), my shots fit right into that theme.  The question was, which one should I submit?   I was completely lost in choosing an image.  I asked several people and there was no clear consensus winner from among the people I asked.  Eventually, I ended up submitting the first image.

What do you think?  Did I make the right choice?  Should I have chosen a different image?   I’d love to hear what you think.  Please leave a comment below and let me know.


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