The Case For Sunrise

In Blighty we have a phrase “up before sparrow’s fart”, the colourful term is cockney rhyming slang meaning “an early start”, get it? Being dragged out of bed before our tiny avian friends have passed wind or completed any other essential bodily functions probably doesn’t sound too appealing. However those that do are often treated to stunning landscapes with beautiful hues.

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Silhouettes at sunrise

The amazing shades are not limited to the heavens either, they often coat the ground in a soft glow, or reflected in the smallest patch of water. The steadily climbing sun creates deep shadows, providing natural contrast to the scene, possibly causing them to stand out as dramatic silhouettes.

Early morning photographers are often treated to low-lying mist, or a crisp freshness to the air that it seems visible even in their images. It suggests another colourful term “the early bird gets the worm”. Getting an early start can prove very productive, but even early risers without a camera can enjoy nature’s first show of the day.

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Stepping stones to the sun

There maybe some argument that sunset is equally appealing, and there’s also usually the opportunity to enjoy them sipping mojitos or other cocktails. Actually ignore that last comment, it’s just a little too convincing an argument for sunsets. However, merely because the weather is favourable in the morning, or even late afternoon there isn’t any guarantee it won’t change.

A last word of wisdom comes in the form of “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. Apart from demonstrating our love of colourful, cryptic phrases, particularly ones which mention birds it informs us that possession is better than potential. Getting those early morning snaps, while the getting is good is therefore preferable to waiting until the evening, when the weather may have changed and the chances of good photography blown.

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Sunrise in HDR

Ok enough of the bird brained phrases, I promise, but remember to take a tripod to get the best results. Move around, but remember the changing light can make the same landscape seem completely different, and add interest.

On the last day in Manitoba, everyone in our group managed to drag ourselves out of bed pre-dawn. Our enthusiasm was rewarded by some lovely sunrise scenes in the desolate beauty of the Hudson Bay coastline. Deep orange and soft purple hues provided some warmth on a chilly morning, dark clouds rolled overhead, diffusing the light from the fiery sun. The colourful sky reflected in the brackish streams, rocks provided a place for the shadows to dwell, and contrasting trees or people in the foreground were dramatically silhouetted against ground and sky.

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Contemplating a Canadian sunrise

Studio Manitoba provided an ideal sunrise destination, and scenes like this are worth getting out of bed for; in fact they’re worth travelling half-way around the world for.

It can take a lot of willpower to climb from beneath a warm duvet and venture out into a cold, autumn morning, especially if enjoying too many of those mojitos during the previous evening’s sunset. It’s pleasing however, when the results turn out well, I may be  up before sparrow’s fart more often. Hopefully they don’t produce the silent but deadly kind though!

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Manitoba marvel

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  1. Deborah Thompson

    Great photos Iain – always love your photo essays. You may have just convinced me to try and get up early the next time I am somewhere that may promise a beautiful sunrise. Here in Vancouver we have so much cloud cover most of the time, the sunrise moments are sadly quite rare. I do hope and cordially invite you to come and read my latest photo essay on StormWatching in Jamaica…. if you visit please leave me a comment, I’d love to know that you came by! Best regards, Deborah

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      Iain

      Thank you Deborah, I’m so pleased you like the photo essays. I really like Vancouver, but can definitely recommend a trip to Manitoba, it’s a stunning place, and the sunrise is the equal of anywhere. I did try to comment on your post, but the page didn’t seem to load properly for me. It was all mixed up, and would allow me to comment, not sure what the issue is?

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  2. BakoymaTravels

    Haha, love the “mojitos may be too good an argument” ;-D
    Stunning pictures, absolutely stunning. I particularly like the “stepping stones to the sun”, that would look great as a huge print on someone’s wall.

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      Iain

      A mojito in the hand is always a strong argument! 😉 Glad you enjoyed the images, and yep those stepping stones were tempting! I need to look into a service which, prints and sells images, grateful for the reminder.

  3. Maria

    Sunrise – always a wonderful energizer. Seems to me it lasts a bit longer than sunset and feels like a welcoming hug.
    I believe you’ve captured that emotion well.

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