Friday, December 17, 2010

Photo-finish Friday: desert sunrise

I cannot notice a dawn like this one without grabbing a camera and running like hell outdoors to try and capture it somehow. Always the sky is too big for the camera and I'm taking a fistful of pics, one after another, wishing I could do one of those David Hockney Polaroid mosaics. Impossible even if I could, because the moment when the sky is full of color is so fleeting. In a minute, it will all fade to ordinary daylight.

Since this is mostly about me taking this picture, it should probably be of me, who you can imagine, out there at the end of the street in sweats and socks. My nextdoor neighbor, who came driving up and was parking in front of his house, gave me a surprised look as I ran by to get to where there are no rooftops and power lines to obstruct the view of the sky. Anyway, this is what it looked like here for a brief moment one pre-Christmas morning this week.

Coming up: Mollie Moore Davis, The Wire-Cutters (1899)

13 comments:

  1. Lana is the same way. Her camera has something that allows her to stitch photos together so she can get a bigger image of the entire sky. Not sure how she does it. This one is great though. Such colors.

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  2. Was going to say wish I was there, but I don't. I'll just enjoy the amazing photo.

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  3. Brilliant dawn! This morning, I was up before dawn and watched light come across the land... All was gray, not even a speck of color made it through the clouds, it was a cold landscape and it's now snowing again.

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  4. We couldn't live in more different places.

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  5. Spectacular – but what were you doing up so early?

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  6. What an amazing picture! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

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  7. That's beautiful! I've always had a hard time trying to get a good picture of color in the sky (usually a sunset). It just doesn't look as brilliant on my camera as it does in person.

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  8. This is an amazing capture! So glad you ran like mad (and didn't worry about what the neighbor thought;) to take it:)

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  9. Hi there, um I would like to ask you if I can use this amazing photo as the background of a lyrics video? I will give you the credit for it :)

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