It seemed like 16 images were too many for a single blog post (really, 8 is probably too many, and my blogs tend to be longer than a blog should be 🙂 ). So I split my sunrise images into 2 installments.
In 2010, I again visited Vermont for a fall color photography excursion. My good friend, fellow photographer, fellow blogger, and co-author of the 2nd Edition of Photographing Vermont’s Fall Foliage, Carol, acted as my host and guide for the first couple days. One magical place she took me too was Bean Pond, a small, unremarkable roadside pond near here home in Barton in the “Northeast Kingdom” of Vermont. Unremarkable, that is, unless you are a photographer looking for fall foliage venues. Since my first trip there, I have been back to the pond several times (and I am certain Carol has been there almost daily when she is in Vermont in season). Our morning broke very cold, with frost on the ground, after a prolonged spell of heavy rain. We knew the conditions were ripe for fog and steam rising off the pond and she had us there by twilight. The resulting images (only one here) made the cold, early morning well worth it.
In 2011, we visited San Francisco, to visit our daughter. She lives in downtown, which put me in the middle of one of the best photography venues I have ever visited. Once again, the 3 hour time change worked in favor of early rising, and a 15 minute walk brought me to the Embarcadero, at the eastern boundary of the city, and one of San Francisco’s seaports with a closeup view of one of the two major bridges leading into San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Bridge. There are San Francisco Bay shooting opportunities all along the Embarcadero. We returned again in 2014, and I couldn’t resist a couple more early morning walking trips to the Embarcadero.
I have been traveling to the Michigan Upper Peninsula (U.P.) for many years for fall color photography. As many readers here know, I think highly enough of the photographic potential that I have co-written an eBook on Photographing the Michigan U.P., with my good friend and fellow photographer and blogger, Kerry Leibowitz. I have photographed Mocassin Lake many times and never cease to find it photogenic. My writings on the U.P. and some of my imagery captured the attention of a professional photographer and teacher in Pennsylvania, James Moore. Inn 2012, he decided to host one of his workshops in the U.P. He asked me to be his guide. These images were all made during the 2012 trip. I appreciate his inspiration and I think that week was the most rewarding of all of my trips to the U.P. I was there from the beginning to the peak of color, perhaps the only time in my shooting career.
In 2013 we went on two more cruises. In January, we joined a group affiliated with the O’Brien Estate Winery in Napa, Ca, on a Caribbean Cruise. We didn’t know a soul when we boarded. We were fortunate to have some very friendly table mates and we ended up not only spending most of our time on board with them and another couple, but we have made lifelong friends. We have traveled to Napa together, and they have recently visited us in our Florida home. It was a great cruise. As we arrived home in the early morning hours, I was able to capture this sunrise image of the Miami Skyline.
Later, in September, we took what was my first trip out of the U.S. (Canada doesn’t count 🙂 ); a Mediterranean Cruise. We started with a few days in Venice. My only sunrise shot during that trip was the famous gondolas in St. Mark’s Square, which took some doing. We were staying on the mainland, so I had to take the early train to Venice and then find my way through the maze to the square before the sunrise. I had practiced a couple times.
I grew up in the Northern Michigan town of Traverse City. It is a resort town, and by all reports, beautiful in all seasons. The city sits at the base of a peninsula of land (Old Mission Peninsula) which creates two deep bays (East Bay and West Bay) into Lake Michigan. It has unique, sandy coastline and a climate similar to that of Northern California (except that winters up there are brutal and snowy). I moved away from there shortly after I graduated from High School in 1975. But I still have family there, and only live about 2 3/4 hours away. It occurred to me at some point that I had spent little time photographing up there, and so, in 2014, with no major fall foliage outings planned, took a long-weekend trip up there. I was on the high point of the peninsula, where it is possible to see both bays, at sunrise. This sunrise image faces (perhaps obviously) East Bay.
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