It is very cloudy and rainy today, so I am posting a couple favorite sunrise photos from this winter. Please check out Abbie’s awesome blog:
Photography tip: “Research and Plan”
I feel being prepared, patience, and being open to unexpected possibilities has a lot to do with “luck.” Oh, yeah: and being in the right place at the right time, which is more-often-than-not the most unknown variable.
As examples, see the above two sunrise images. The first one (dramatically foggy San Francisco and sunbeams shot through the Golden Gate Bridge Bridge) was taken on a Saturday. I do not typically get up to shoot sunrises on Saturdays; I look at the weekend as, well, “the weekend.” But on this day, I had scheduled a photo shoot with my good friend Abbie (see: http://www.agratefulyogi.com) and I had suggested going to Kirby Cove in the Marin Headlands, which is one of my absolute favorite, secret (oops: back in the bag, kitty!) locations for portraits . . and just to spend half a day. “What time should I meet you there?” Abbie asked me. “How would you feel about sunrise?” I replied.
I arrived early, as I always do (ok, fine: a bald-faced lie, for those who know me well . . or have only met me a couple times) and started to walk down the fire-road to the bunkers and the beach. Of course I had my camera slung across my back and my tripod thrown over my shoulder . . so I was ready in case Sasquatch lumbered across my path in the pre-dawn blueish light.
Half way down to the beach/bunkers, I looked back at the city and . . VOILA! . . I don’t think I’ve EVER seen San Francisco presented in more dramatic light, and I was READY for it.
The second photo (fish-eye sunrise of the Palace of Fine Arts) was also as a result of research and planning . . sort of. It is ALSO a result of gratefully spending time with my good friend Abbie, again : ‘ )
I have a master list of locations around San Francisco that I intend to photograph, which I send to people who volunteer to join me in the early pre-dawn mornings. Abbie chose the Palace of Fine arts because, if I remember correctly, after having lived in San Francisco for a few years, she had not actually been there, yet. The night before, I thought about the Palace and looked at it on Google maps, to which I often refer the night before shooting the sunrise in order to figure out which angle might be best in the morning. I had a vision of the shot I was going for (NOT included in this post, but in existence) but remained open to the unexpected once Abs and I arrived. “Abs,” by the way, is a VERY appropriate nickname for Abbie, who is a devoted yogi.
As we talked and chatted and shared stories while walking around the Palace, I noticed platforms between the famous columns. “Hmm, I bet not many people have a shot from up on one of those platforms,” I thought to myself and Abbie aloud. So I used my former-life rock climber skills to shimmy up between two columns, the way I used to do in the stairwell of the house I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia . . and got the included shot, which, I feel, is indeed quite special, but was achieved as an indirect result of research and planning.
And now . . off to yoga!