August was an enjoyable and very successful month of early morning photography. Enjoyable since I made it out often and successful because a number of these early morning wake up calls resulted in inspiring images that made it to my "keeper" list.

I can't help but start off the image parade with the August full moon setting over Fisherman Bay shoot. The vertical image of the full moon setting over a floating dock has become one of my favorite images to date. And it is the culmination of an effort to capture compelling shots of the full moon that has taken me many years to achieve.

This was definitely one of those shots where I hurried home and ran into the house to download my images.

In addition to the portrait view of this scene, I also captured a sweet landscape view. The landscape version was taken about 5 minutes earlier and the colors and mood are pretty different. If this had been my only capture of the day I likely still would have been in a hurry to get home. And while I like this shot a bunch, I prefer the foreground interest and the vertical composition of the later shot.

Sony A7Rii + Sigma 150-600
1/200s @ f/8 iso 800

Sony A7Rii + Sigma 150-600
1/200s @ f/8 iso 800

I confess that I'm guilty of lumping my late night & early morning astro-photography shots into my morning light posts. But I definitely couldn't leave this image and shoot out. I took this shot at the end of a get together of the Lopez Island Photography Society. We had arranged to have a group milky way shoot and the old Richardson Pier was the perfect location. I spent most of the evening / early morning going from camera to camera to see how everyone was getting on and to offer up any tips I could. But near the end I grabbed my camera and headed to a spot that I had scouted out before everyone showed up. And I was rewarded with a pretty compelling  milky way composition and some colorful foreground lighting as folks packed up and drove off.

Sony A7Rii + Zeiss Batis 18mm
25s @ f/2.8 iso 4000

My final morning light shot for this month is a simple and local sunrise. This shot was a gift of sorts as I happened to just wake up one morning about an hour earlier than sunrise. I had a brief mental debate about whether I should actually get up and I'm glad I did.

For this shot I walked up the hill to our community beach. A location that's only a 5-10 minutes walk from our house yet for some reason I almost never shoot there. This was one of those sunrises that seemed like it was going to be epic but it quickly faded after this shot. Not that I'm complaining.

Sony A7Rii + Canon TS-E 24mm
25s @ f/11 iso 100

Thanks again to everyone who subscribed to my mailing list and is following along with my photographic journey. I sure appreciate the company and all the great support. Cheers, Bill

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