I love making pictures at sunrise. I don’t like getting up that early, but there’s no way around it, unless I take the photo at sunset and call it sunrise, but that would not be honest. So every now and then I do get up early and hope that the sunrise will be spectacular.
Optimal conditions call for some clouds to reflect the sunlight’s many colors, but even a clear sky can produce stunning results. By extension, photographing just before sunrise or just after sunset (my preference) produces images with beautiful blue tones (the so-called blue hour).
The camera’s light sensor can pick up more details than the human eye is able to notice. A scene which to the human eye might not appear to have much going on by way of color can actually contain quite a bit of color information, which is brought out in the post-processing of the image.
The lesson I take from all this is that there is more going on in the natural world around us than we notice or than we are even able to notice. The practice of photography helps me to become more aware of the beauty of creation and encourages me to keep looking, to keep being present to the world around me, to stay connected with God’s creation. In that sense photography is a spiritual quest.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust