"The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset." Catherine Opie
Did you read the quote below the blog image? It is the dumbest quote I think I've ever read and even more disappointing is the fact that the author is a "fine art" photographer. I won't comment on her work as I'm not too impressed by some of the "fine art" I see in the world no matter the art form or medium.
I absolutely love sunrises and sunsets and find much comfort in searching them out as well as standing and watching the magic take place. Yes, I know, it's not magic exactly and realize that a lot of atmospheric elements are in play for one such as the above to take place, but to me IT'S MAGIC and I have the right to say so, just as Ms. Opie can make the statement she has made.
The story here is that this is one of 18 images that involve this dock setting going back a couple of years and, being that the docks are arranged in such a way that favors sunrise, many of the images are of sunrises and I dare say none of them are close to being a match. To date this is probably the more colorful of all.
Before anyone gets on the high horse of criticism by saying that it's been tweaked in Photoshop to get the color I'm going to disappoint them. The color you see here is direct from the camera. It is a long exposure of about 30 seconds, but I purposely left the color alone as you can see it was "bleeding" color. For those that will insist that it is a "punched up" HDR, I again will disappoint. I've recently left my HDR editing programs behind since the newer versions of Adobe Camera Raw have come into my life. I shoot all my work in a RAW format and, to those that are unfamiliar with that format it is a capture process that is the best IMHO to achieve high quality of image rendition. While some will say that RAW captures are usually flat and a bit soft, on many occasions I find them to be spot on as a final product.
The only other influence here would be the process known as early rising. Yes, that would be the process of crawling out of bed at 4'ish in the morning, checking the weather app for cloud cover and forecast (also done the night before) and then launching myself to a site that I think might have some possibilities. This sight isn't always a first choice, but it's high on th list while driving around. Some of the listed "ingredients" also apply to sunsets except for "early rising"!
Sunrises and sunsets, as some of you may realize, can be tempermental in that they can entice you with early indications of color and fall flat in the finish...something kin to a bad date. The other issue is that they can be incredibly brief at the colorful stage. In the case of the blog image about 20 minutes of color was working, but a peak time of maybe 5 minutes for the real show as seen here. Late starts can be fatal as far as a pleasing result, but luck seems to always be involved.
With all that being said and with apologies to Ms. Opie, I find the time spent hunting and finding such a scene to be emotionally therapeutic, and you can decide what that might mean. At its best I find such daystar shenanigans to be absolutely stunning as color goes and well worth the wait and anticipation.
My advice is for everyone to sit and enjoy as many of these events as possible.
For more views of my work visit;
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Summer Wind Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa http://www.summerwindgallery.com