Sunset. Sunrise. (the fiddler is dyslexic today)

Thank you for the comments about my sunrise picture yesterday.  (Sidenote: I’m happy to report that I’ve calmed down a bit since then.)  Terry over at Perspectives On… reminded me in her comment that fortunately we have two tries a day to photograph, so I went out again last night and tried the sunset.   Then, I went out this morning again.  Norm, from suggested putting a wider angle lens on, and metering on the sky instead of the foreground.  I think those two tips helped.  I feel better about these shots than the dawn shot yesterday, but I really really really need to learn a better editing program than iPhoto.  There’s only so much I can do with it.  I’m excited to re-edit these once I start tackling the ins and outs of Lightroom.  I shot them in RAW so it will be fun to see how they transform.

I’m off to take Sarah Jane and one of her also-December-born besties shopping so they can spend their birthday money.  Hope day two of the new year is bringing about growth and deeper joy to all of you.  🙂

(I think clicking on the photo gives you a better view of the shot, btw)

January 1, 2015 Sunset:

winter barn

January 2, 2015 Sunrise:


new year’s dawn–A whiny start to photographing 2015.

I’m new to photographing sunrises and sunsets.  Well, I’m new to really trying to take a great sunrise/sunset (anyone else humming that tune now?) picture anyway.  So far, I’ve labeled my first two attempts as “crappy sunset”  and “crappy sunrise.”  The first step is to find good locations, which I have bombed out on both times.  This morning I overslept, (not because I was out partying last night, but because I couldn’t sleep as usual and then I found the series “Parenthood” on Netflix and watched it until 6 this morning.  SOO GOOD!!) so I basically drove until the sun started coming up and that’s where I took this shot. I drove around a bit after the light paled and tried to look for a better spot for tomorrow. We shall see how it goes.  Hopefully I won’t have a “crappy sunrise2” label to type for January 2.

I metered on the field for this one, because I wanted some foreground since I wasn’t close enough to silhouette the trees well.  I’ve read about ND filters, and bracketing, or HDR, or combining shots in Photoshop.   The rebel in me wants to be able to take a great sunrise/sunset photo without all those geegaws and doodads, and processing steps.  (or maybe I’m just being lazy)  I’d appreciate advice from any of you sunrise/sunset gurus out there.  Even if it is to bracket, or get fancy shmancy filters. 🙂  Also, I used my usually awesome 70-200 mm lens, which has been great for my daughters’ softball games,  but that thing doesn’t like morning light.  It struggles to focus.  I’m getting so blind, it’s hard for me to manually focus in morning light, so I guess I should have pity on my old friend.  But I’m too crabby to right now.  (Mostly just photographically crabby.  Towards people who cross my path, I’ve been in a fairly jovial mood today so far.  Of course it’s only 11:00 am.  And I’ve only seen the two Starbucks baristas, and my husband, all of whom are easy to be nice to.)

Anyway, enough whining. Time for the big reveal.  But first, a toast:  Raise your cameras with me, fellow blogtographers?….phoblographers? Here’s to learning. Even if it leaves me feeling inept,  I’d rather feel inept from trying and failing, than the dull, lifeless feelings that come from physically and mentally “sleeping in”  through another year.


Again, I’d love advice/feedback from ya’ll.

New Year's Dawn