“It is 5:05 AM. You are catching sunrise. If the sun hasn’t risen or is there already, it is okay. Just take a photo. You are free to choose locations.”
So that is the sixth topic for our photography challenge. I came up with this topic to later find out that 5:05 AM was too early for the sun to rise in both New York City and Belgium. Realizing that the sky was still too dark for any pictures, we decided to take initiative and modified the 6th challenge a little bit to “catching sunrise”. Anytime we want, as long as it was the moment of sunrise.
The reason why I came up with this challenge in the first place was because I felt guilty. I am not a young person who is self-disciplined enough to wake up early (except for school). Thus, with an unquenchable curiosity (that I hope would never die even when I become older), I always wonder: ” What do I miss in the early morning? Will my mood turn out different if I start my day earlier? Does sunrise look different each day? Is the atmosphere more healthy?”
Now, I really need some sympathy from you. Waking up late is my guilty pleasure. Weekend and summer are the time when if I don’t have any work, I will probably open my eyes at around 10 or even 11 AM, when the radiant sun has already risen high on the sky (it is bad, I know). It is like a never-ending cycle. And I can never tell myself to go to sleep earlier.
Doing this challenge after days of procrastinating, I wasn’t disappointed.
Sunrise is probably the best moment of a day, in my opinion.
It was hard to discover where the East was among so many houses and buildings that blocked the sky’s view. It was difficult to find an open area that would allow space for taking a nice picture of sunrise. I guessed the direction of the East two times wrong.
It was mesmerizing to witness the moment the sun shed its first light of the day.
This next photo was taken by Cu. It is interesting to see how the colors of sunrise are different in two places. Kudos to her for setting alarm clock early for many days in the hope of catching sunrise, but always being hindered by dark sky, irresistible blanket, failed attempt, weird dream, etc. She really did invest more in this photography challenge than me and I really love all of her photos.
These are some photos we took before for this challenge:
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