Disappointing Sunrise Pics

I guess we can call this an upside of digital vs film. I don’t have to wait to see that this morning’s sunrise pics look like shit. I’m not sure what the deal was, meteorologically/atmospherically speaking.

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The sky was super hazy. Everything looked like it took a bath in white out. I was expecting that the sun wouldn’t break through. I took a couple of long exposures and ended up with blank white images. I don’t know. I’m just glad I didn’t waste any film. If I had a film camera with me I wouldn’t have used it. I knew these were going to suck.

The good part was that the waves were much bigger than I usually see. The additional bad news was that there were WAY more people than I usually see. The metal detector dudes kept getting in the shots.

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Fortunately the sun did break through the haze, even if nothing else did.

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I kept fighting the urge to switch back to Auto mode to see if it made any difference. I also kept turning around and shooting stuff behind me and to the sides.

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I said I was going to take a couple of pics of the surrounding area, and given the number of people I tried to take a weird, winding, stealthy route back to the car.

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After I left the beach I went to Lowell and spent half an hour or so walking around Market Street. Those pics are coming soon. I think I’ll have some breakfast first though.

Photo Time

I warned you, here come a ton of pictures. Well, maybe not a ton. I’ll try to be more selective than usual.

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The first peek at the sun
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Hello there
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30 seconds exposure
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Boat #1
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30 seconds exposure
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30 seconds exposure
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10 seconds exposure
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2.5 seconds exposure
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Boat #2
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Actual curl
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Merrimack River
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Boat #3
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Spicket River, on the wrong side of the dam
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Wildlife
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Ugly
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Osgood Street
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Sunrise Bug… Again


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Late last Summer, and into early Fall, I had this really nasty bug. It was the go to the ocean and take pics of the sunrise bug. I finally did it in late September. I went to Salisbury Beach and got my pics. I was pleased.

I’m getting the same bug again. This time Hampton Beach is calling me. The weather had better warm up soon.

Hurry up, weather! Jerk.

Sunrise at Salisbury Beach

Every weekend night at bed time for the last few months I’ve been checking the weather forecast for Salisbury Beach. Any time it called for clear skies I would tell my beloved wife that if I found myself awake about an hour before the sunrise I was going to make the half hour drive to the beach and take a few pics. The idea was to have sunrise pics to complement the sunset pics we took at Mission Beach in San Diego last year. Because, you know, I am a total dork like that. It never happened. I even set the alarm clock a couple of times, but I just never got myself out of bed.

This morning I woke up at about 3:30am and never fell back to sleep. The forecast called for clear skies. At 5:20 or so I figured, I’m awake anyway… what the hell, right? I also needed to be up early to take the Nissan to the dealer for some routine work. So I just did it. I went to the ocean and snapped some pics.

Here’s a good chunk of them.

I was there with about 20-25 minutes to spare, and the sky was bright enough to see without any trouble. I killed time by snapping waves and sand and everything.

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Check out that sky. I mean, right?
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I wasn’t the only nerd on the beach. There was a couple to my right who were posing a stuffed animal in front of the ocean. There was another group of three people hanging out to my left who were just visiting and waiting for the sun to arrive. There were also some folks out on the water, apparently.
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I mean, the sky, am I right?
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Even though the sun still hadn’t come up yet, I was digging the way the sky reflected off of the wet sand.
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The Atlantic may be a total wimp compared to the Pacific, but she still snuck in a few decent waves.
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The birds are flying South for the Winter. The jerks.
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This guy doesn’t seem to be in a rush to get down South.
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I guess there was stuff behind me too.
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There’s one little spot on the horizon that’s getting brighter…
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…Is that the sun I see?…
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…Yes! There she is!
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The guest of honor.
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Good morning, Massachusetts!
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One thing I remember about our Pacific sunsets is that the sun was not too terribly bright when it reached the horizon. You could look right at it, no problem. That was not the case today. It got really bright, really fast. I put the neutral density filter on not long after the sun first poked it’s head above the water. Sunglasses for the camera, if you will.
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The farther out I zoomed, the less light made it in.
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At this point the sun was well and truly up, and it was time to head to the Nissan dealer. Check off another of the goofy ideas I have for photo shoots. Done and done.

30 Seconds at the Ocean

I finally did it. I’ve been living in Massachusetts for my whole life and I’d never watched the sun come up over the ocean. I’ve seen it go down over the Pacific ocean, but I’ve never seen it rise over the Atlantic.

Until today.

Sunrise was at 6:37am. I was standing on the beach with the camera on the tripod at about 6:15. What to do while I wait? How about play with some more 30 second exposures? Okay!

The sun was still below the horizon, but it was bright enough that I needed the neutral density filter. Without it, the pics were a white washout. With it, they were too dark. Oh well.

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I was just goofing around, so I didn’t bother leveling the tripod when I changed the direction it was pointing in. That’s why the next too are a little like the old Batman TV show from the 60’s. Forgive me.

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More pics to come…