Three Minutes to Glory or Bust


Introduction: Three Minutes to Glory or Bust

About: I am a photographer, a tinker, an electronics technology engineer, and author; I write short stories and poetry for the love of writing. I started writing poetry in high school over thirty years ago where I ...

This photo is one of the photos I like to use as wallpaper on my computer; I was looking for a photo to use on the cover of my new book Worriers of the Sun and I wanted a photo of the sun on the horizon for the cover. I did not get a lot of photos of this sunrise I had to move so nothing was blocking.

Step 1: The Things You Need to Put Together

Photographing the sun on the horizon is not as easy as many people think, we walk along all day and it is up there for hours lighting up our lives without a thought. In truth it is moving at the rate of one diameter every three minutes, three minutes from the first moment the top edge is above the horizon to the moment the whole sun it is above the horizon and your day is bust. Three minutes to put together scenery, angle, camera, weather, clouds, living obstructions, and timing, with little in your control.

Step 2: The Glory

Finally comes the day you get the chance you have been looking for and you start clicking away, you only have three minutes and the sky could be any color of the rainbow. The clouds a painted tapestry in the sky above or beside the sun and you realize no two dawns are the same and you take as many photos as you can because for no two seconds the dawn is the same.

After 1 ½ years and a thousand photos this is the one I chose for the cover of my book.



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    Photography can be an obsession- can't it! I once tried to capture ocean waves. Miserably.

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    I can see that it would be like trying to capture the image on my oscilloscope, the next time I am going to use my video camera and freeze the frame I want.

    Nice shots. I know what you mean, I shot numerous shots minutes apart of a sunset to get the best angle of the sun on the horizon over Lake Superior and so many other things can interfere.

    have you ever experimented with high dynamic range photography? it would allow you to bring out some more details in the landscape.

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    Can't see it in the first place Im visually impared.