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Sunday Sunrise

I don’t know about you, but my favourite time of the day is sunrise.  Most of the time that I get to see them are usually from the inside of my car driving to work and obviously I haven’t got much time to spare; typical :-(.  By the time the weekend arrives I’m usually too tired to get my lazy body out of bed, and often regret it later.

However as you can imagine the times that I do make the effort; I am often rewarded by some amazing sights that leave me in awe of what this beautiful planet of ours is capable of.  There are also very many moments of disappointment, but you have to take the rough with the smooth in landscape photography.

One sunrise that left me with mixed emotions was on our recent trip to Banff.   After a long journey on the 19th we were tired, and decided that the next day would be a leisurely day going for a walk and chilling out.  Sunrise was a little later in Banff than it was back home, so we could have a bit of a lie in on our first morning.  However when we woke up to the view from our room, which was amazing enough; we were also witness to a beautiful sunrise.  I knew I didn’t have time to get dressed and get out to capture this spectacle so had to capture what I could through the window.

First view of Banff 2014 (Canon 6D, 1/5sec @ f/11)

First view of Banff 2014 (Canon 6D, 1/5sec @ f/11)

The downsides to taking these photographs were having limited room to move around plus the reflections from the glass.  I tried my best by switching off all interior lights but this wasn’t 100% effective.

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Canon 6D (ISO 500, 1/13sec @ f/11)


So you just have to use your lens and zoom in and out capturing different aspects of the landscape.

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The line you see down the middle is the reflection of the pole used to close the curtains. Canon 6D (ISO500, 1/13 sec @ f/11)

They are not the best shots taken, but I don’t worry about that.  This was a moment in time I didn’t want to forget, and I’m not afraid of pressing that shutter to record it.  No they won’t win any prizes but one day my memory might fail me and these will be all I have to remind me of that sunrise in Banff 🙂

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Dr Seuss.


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