Energizer Sunrises

One of the benefits of having the sun move more horizontally than vertically during the winter is the length of our sunrises and sunsets. While we currently may only have 5 hours of actual sun, the rising and setting takes hours. Yesterday morning, the sky started turning colors around 9:15. I successfully ignored the temptation to get my camera, because I’ve captured a number of sunrises already.

Around 10:00, I looked up and saw one of the mountain peaks had horns. A strong wind must have been blowing, and snow was shooting off the twin peaks into the sky.

So I ran and setup my camera. First, I used the 105mm.

Then, I got out my big 500mm Reflex lens. It looks like a can of stew, and has a big mirror in it (like a reflex telescope). It’s also manual focus, with a fixed f8 aperture, and a focal plane about the thickness of a piece of paper. Basically, it’s a pain to focus correctly, especially at low light.

Still, this one (of about 30 shots) seems to have turned out sort of sharp.

Another 30 minutes of work, and then I was back taking pictures. I wanted to capture a panoramic of the scene, so here you go.

When the sun finally showed its face, it was already 11:00. That’s almost 2 hours of sunrise action! Sunset seems to go on forever as well, but a big hill blocks most of that from view.

Today, even the mountains were covered in clouds, so the sunrise was completely obscured.

In other news, I’m about halfway through creating the photography section of the main Bigwoofs site, where I’ll be able to sell prints directly to you, via Paypal or money order/check. This also means I’ll be able to sign any prints, the lack of which is one of the drawbacks to buying from American Frame, I gather? If I’ve posted anything you might be interested in potentially purchasing, leave me a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll make sure to put it in the store. Even if you don’t actually ever purchase anything, I’d like to know what might be salable!