I don’t know about you but that extra hour of sleep this morning was wonderful. Of course it’s going to take a couple of weeks for me to adjust to the new time change and I really dislike driving home every night in the dark dodging deer that are or are not there. Each season has its good and not so good parts. Those of us who live in the Midwest seem to enjoy the changing of the seasons so it’s all good.
So yesterday I actually followed through on a plan. My plan (hatched on the drive home Friday) was to go to the river and photograph the sunrise. I found a hundred things to do or that I should do, but I followed through on my plan and went to the river before sunrise. I am so glad I did. It was wonderful.
I was not properly dressed for the shoot and underestimated my body’s ability to always be warm so that was the first mental note I made. I can always shed clothing if I get warm, but I cannot put on clothing that I didn’t bring with me. So other than being a Popsicle, it was a great experience. I took the D4, the 28 ~ 300 mm lens, and a mono-pod because I knew the light would be low and I wanted some stability.
It took longer than I anticipated for the sun to rise. I had decided ahead of time that I wanted to capture a nice image of the Julian Dubuque Bridge in the morning sunlight. The fact that the Twilight was also docked at the Grand Harbor Hotel was just a great bonus. As the sun continued to rise I watched the passengers make their way to the boat. Most of them stopping to take a picture of the boat before getting on.
The ducks were enjoying the sunrise as well. If you look closely at the image of the bridge you will see the group of ducks flying under the bridge level. They took off as a group and this was the last image I shot of the bridge.
As I was packing up to leave there was an older couple coming to the boat. The gentleman had a small “coolpix” type camera and was going to take a picture of his wife in front of the boat. After he did that I asked him if he wanted me to take a picture of the two of them. His wife said yes please so they posed together. I said “it won’t do you any good if the image is on my camera, let me take it with yours.” He was reluctant but his wife insisted so I shot of couple of nice images for them and he was very anxious to get his camera back. 🙂
It was interesting to notice how the people reacted to me in the early morning. I was there taking a series of images and as they would walk by me I would speak to them and wish them a good morning. Many did not acknowledge my greeting but continued to the Twilight while others stopped and returned the greeting, making additional comments about the beautiful sunrise. No judgement on my part, I just am always intrigued by the people who pass you by and do not acknowledge your presence even if you speak to them.
I grew up in a small town where we knew everyone. If someone sneezed half the town blew their own nose. 🙂 I just got use to saying hi to everyone you meet. I like that about the town of Maquoketa where I work. Everyone speaks to you when you see them even if they don’t know who you are.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Sunday. I plan to veg most of the day. It is what I do best. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Be careful.