Monday, March 2, 2009

Parker Park

Yesterday I went down to the beach for sunrise. It isn't that I always shoot sunrises although I know it can sound like it since every day I say I'm going out for sunrise. I am often asked just how many sunrises I need to take pictures of before I get it right. If you have ever sat all the way through a sunrise and tried to shoot it you know that not only is each one vastly different from another but within a single morning the sunrise changes from second to second. A sunrise has life and movement and is an amazing thing to behold.
However one of my favorite parts of a sunrise is the time just after, when the light is perfect for taking pictures. Everything has an incredibly warm rich light bathing it, bringing out details and colours that you wont see at any other time of day. This light, if it happens only last for about a minute, and is the perfect time to shoot things other than the horizon.
Got side tracked there sorry, anyway I went down to the beach and while trying to pearch myself in the perfect spot I slipped and fell down a concrete ramp and into the water. I am still having some trouble walking properly and am quite sore, but after making sure all my equipment was ok I found a spot and shot for a couple hours. Those pics aren't up yet, I haven't even looked at them but I wanted to share it with you. I think to someone who doesn't know what it's like to hunt for light it would seem stupid to sit on a rock covered in sea water while the February wind freezes you to the bone just to snap pictures knowing the sun is going to rise again tomorrow just like it has for millions of years. But for a photographer, (or maybe it's just me and I'm crazy) after realizing that falling hard with hands in the air trying to save expensive gear worked and all was dry other than clothes and skin, it made no difference at all and sitting shiverring on a rock all morning was all worth it no matter how the pictures turned out.
Back on track again haha. This morning I went to Parker Park to catch sunrise. The clouds were way to thick and it didn't look like there would be anything to shoot. But I climbed out of bed and into the 3 layers of clothing I had laid out the night before. There must have been a storm way out at sea or something because it was very peacefull without any wind but the waves were pounding right up around me and I had to be pearched up atop a rock wall to avoid getting wet. Even had to shoot for a while with camera on legs, and umbrella in hand. I think it was worth it. Who doesn't love to blur waves? I think it looks so cool and is a great suprise when the sutter closes and you see what you shot. You can see in the top couple shots I took after the waves had died down and tide went out a bit, everything was wonderfully washed over with a warm rich light. Even a picture of a rock can be amazing at this time of day.
Anyway I hope you like these even a tenth of how much I enjoyed shooting them. As always I welcome all forms of comments to help me on my journey. Don't forget all of my images are yours for a price, I can be contacted at


  1. I know what you mean about sunrises, I have the same thing about sunsets.

    You should hit Mayne Island sometime. The scenery is off the charts and the kids can gish the crabs like we used to do when we were young and Victoria beaches still had some. The beach around the lighthouse is surreal. No sand, just moonscape like rock and barnacles. Miners' bay on a clear day in the evening is something else.

  2. Your photos are amazing! (My name is Michelle Hebdon (Pieracini) and I came across your blog by a name search of my own last name.) My favorite is the last picture; the colors are beautiful. Have a great week and thanks for sharing your talent!



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