PAYING IN BLOOD FOR A PERFECT SUNRISE

A bright sunrise, the day dawning

I stood there that bright morning, the only human standing. It was the 4th of July and the world was asleep. My camera was ready and the sky had a wonderful scarlet look that heralded a beautiful sunrise. And as I stood there, eight million mosquitoes saw lunch with a camera, just waiting there on the dock in in a blood frenzy, attacked without mercy.

I stood my ground! I felt their tiny fangs sink into my flesh and knew the agony of insane itching from which I would soon be suffering. But an artist must be strong. Slowly the sun crept up over the dark water. I saw a thin strip of cloud and I knew if i could just stand here — camera focused and ready — until the perfect moment, the rising sun would cross that cloud and I would have my best-ever sunrise.

And thus it came to pass that I got my perfect sunrise. That was a great year for sunrises and I’ve never had more exquisite mornings than I had that summer or been more mutilated by hordes of starving mosquitoes.

We all pay a price for art. I paid in blood.


Note: These were taken in 2009  using the best camera I could afford. I wish I’d had my better equipment then and could have gotten a finer quality photograph. That being said, the pictures are still my favorite sunrises, at least as photographed by me.



Categories: #BrightSquare, landscape, Photography, Summer, Sunrise

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17 replies

  1. what a woman, what an artist – you were so strong standing your ground. Yikes though for the after effects!

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  2. Those photos are post-card quality, so beautiful!! The mosquitoes get hungry too I suppose…. The price one pays for one’s art, hmm?

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  3. Well worth it! Besides the mosquitos, the thing that stands out is the remark about your camera equipment – it is funny, but my best sunrise and sunset photos are by my least favorite cameras, typically phone cameras!

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    • This was one of the “A” lines of early Canon all purpose cameras. It had, for an 8 mp camera, a very good lens, but it was slow and to enlarge, you need a few more pixels. At least 10 and hopefully 12. But I love the pictures and I don’t think I’ll ever be in that spot again, so these are treasured.

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  4. It’s an awesome sunrise and photograph.

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  5. ‘lunch with a camera’…..that is the best description I have ever heard. Sorry you were devoured, but you got some beauties, Marilyn.

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