Birthday Sunrise

by | Mar 13, 2013 | Impressive Places, Stories & Expeditions | 6 comments

The sunrise of March 10 was simply spectacular! God must have known it was my Mom’s birthday. Right as it was getting light that morning, I saw these stratocumulus clouds spreading out evenly across the sky and I knew it was going to be a pretty sunrise. So, with tripod and camera in hand, I slipped out on the roof in my slippers and coat to wait for the perfect morning to unfold before me, half expecting to see the shapely clouds spell out the words “Happy Birthday” in big puffy letters across the sky!

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In all seriousness though, I enjoy keeping an eye on the sky in the mornings. After a while, you can start to tell whether or not it’ll be worth lugging the camera and tripod outside to the best vantage point (hence climbing out on the roof). And as long as you have a nice view toward the east, you really don’t have to travel anywhere spectacular. For the observant person, spectacular shots are actually more likely to be taken close to home because he’s already there when the spectacular occurs.

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  1. Kelly

    Absolutely beautiful!

    • James Staddon

      I can assure you, it’s not this pretty every morning. 🙂 Beautiful sunrises are not often visible in West Virginia. In fact, we never see sunsets because there’s a big hill interrupting the view to the west; and even at the top of this hill, there are so many tress that you can hardly see the sky. We are truly blessed to have a nice view to the east.

  2. Rachel C.

    That is SO pretty! I love the clouds! So you climbed out on the roof to capture that?

    • James Staddon

      Yes. My bedroom window faces north out over the porch roof. It happens that the view to the east is best the higher you are, so I climb out there with my tripod on mornings when I think the sunrise will be nice. 🙂

  3. Sarah

    WOW!! What a great picture you were able to capture!! I really like number 3. Did you do any editing to these pictures? What a great way to to get up in the morning!!

  4. James Staddon

    I try to do as little editing as possible. However, because I shoot in RAW, the pictures always need some treatment. The most critical part of photography is capturing beauty with the camera, not creating beauty later in post-processing.


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