They say the only constant is change and that's certainly true shooting during the golden hour. It's not uncommon for me to set up my tripod and wait, hoping, for the great light. But for this week's Morning Light Shoot I took it to the extreme: I captured the same exact composition through the entire sunrise. The only change being the light. And it was fun watching the light fill in.
But first, here was my location and the sun plot.
Civil twilight: 7:24am
I get set up and started taking shots at about 7:45am and here is my first 3 shot stitched panorama right before the sunrise started lighting up the sky.
I was hopeful right away that this morning might be nice. There looked to be a pretty well placed "hole in the sky" right where the sun was due to come up and a strong southeast wind was blowing clouds across the sky and creating interesting reflection on the pond.
About 8 minutes after sunrise the sun is just starting to clear a bank of clouds and throw some color on the clouds screaming past from the southeast.
This just kept getting better and better. And what was pretty cool is watching the clouds turn from grey to orange as they blew past.
But the window really closed fast. As the sun moved higher in the sky the clouds on the horizon filled in.
So I took one more set and packed it in.
Not a bad morning really. Not quite as stunning as I had hoped when I first arrived but that's the nature of winter photography in the Pacific Northwest. It can go from bland to stunning and back again in minutes. Or it can completely fizzle.
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It hardly seems possible that I started this project a year ago. But as "they" say, time does fly by. It's been a pretty wonderful year filled with, mostly, beautiful mornings and great light. So I'll end this project with this month's shot from Kauai as well as my favorite images from my year long Morning Light Project.