In my last blog we explored the beauty of Crescent Beach through my For the Love of Water series. This week we’re traveling just a few miles north to St. Augustine Beach. Considered the oldest city in the country, St. Augustine has been one of my favorite beaches to visit since I was a little girl. It’s just about 2 hours from Gainesville, so it’s a tempting destination especially if I have an itch to do some moon or sunrise photography.
This past year I haven’t been to St. A for any full moon rises, but I did have a couple of sunrises to pull from. The year isn’t over yet. In the meantime I thought I would play around with the idea of multiple sunrises in one image especially since this is my favorite sunrise destination.
I’ve placed the six images I used for this piece in the slideshow below.
I started with the blue hour shot from April, that quiet moment of lighting just before the sun explodes over the horizon. Now for the suns. The sunrise in April was drastically different from the sunrise in July. There were few clouds to speak of in April making it an almost blindingly uncomfortable experience. To my surprise I only took three pictures of the actual sun itself, opting to photograph the patterns of the beach instead. The light was so bright it wasn’t worth it to my eyes. Plus it’s just another excuse to return and try again on a better day. Two of the three suns taken that day are used here.
The sunrise in July, conversely, was quite cloudy. I was almost disappointed at first, but once I grounded myself I was able to truly take in the scene before me and work with the clouds instead of bemoan them. As the July sunrise wore on the clouds seemed to radiate out from the sun just like sunbeams, and the cigar shaped cloud that took center stage created an eye from which the sun could beam at me with kindness.
I opted to copy the suns and give the sense of multiple suns. I can’t even begin to imagine what that would feel like if that were actually the case on our planet, the one is intense enough. However, I wanted to showcase how the sun changes position, how we ourselves change position as the earth dances around the sun.
There was one thing missing from this: wildlife. Every sunrise is filled with flocks of birds flying to and fro as they get their own day started. I especially recall pelicans, as they quietly travel in groups of 5-10 or more. They needed to be part of this three suns series. I found a nice shot of a flock from July flying just above the surface of the ocean, which was a silvery blue that day and paired with a purply pink sky.
Finally I came to this stopping point. This felt as far as I could go for this piece. What do you think of this piece? Any thoughts, questions, ideas? Please leave them in the comments below.
For the next piece in this series I plan to work with some images taken during January’s blood moon eclipse. I’ve got some delightful moon rise shots with a belt of Venus sky, some sunset shots which were happening at the same time as the moon rise, and of course, some blood moon eclipse shots. This will be a new venture for me, so it may be a couple of weeks before that piece makes it to your eyes. In the meantime keep following along here for the latest photo updates.
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