Early Mornings

You'll hear it over and over again: The best light, especially for landscapes, is right around sunrise, or sunset.  But unless you have a client paying you to do so, or you have a very specific shot in mind, it can be very difficult to motivate yourself to get out of your warm comfy bed before the sun is up.  Sometimes though I find that it's worth doing so, just to remind yourself that you can. Just so that it comes natural when you do  have that very specific shot in mind.  It's our extra effort that sets us apart from the crowds.  

Here are the results of my deciding to make the effort to wake up extra early on a Sunday morning just to play with my camera.  I wasn't disappointed.  

 

 

The California Coast and the setting moon during "blue hour." 

The California Coast and the setting moon during "blue hour." 

The setting moon in a sky made pink by the rising sun.  

The setting moon in a sky made pink by the rising sun.  

Dawn Patrol: Surfers also understand the benefits of being out for sunrise. 

Dawn Patrol: Surfers also understand the benefits of being out for sunrise. 

Glassy waves in the dawn calm.  

Glassy waves in the dawn calm.