Jan 28, 2010

Sunday Sunrise Over the Peconic Bay




We got up around 5am Sunday morning, had coffee and a doughnut, Amy worked at a book design on her laptop at the dining room table while I lazed in my chair catching up on email, facebook and such.  When I looked up sometime later there was pink light coming through a window by the fireplace.  I hopped up to look out and realized that a very special dawn was afoot.  I dressed as quickly as possible grabbed the camera and drove the one mile south to the bay way too fast, these things don't wait until you're ready.  It was very cold.  I shot multiple bracketed exposures until my fingers couldn't take it any more, around fifteen minutes.  By then the best of it was gone.  I went back to the jeep and folded up the tripod, knowing I must have gotten one or two good shots (I'd taken 80 or so!)  As I climbed in I noticed a fellow sitting in his pick-up truck nearby.  He gave me a "thumbs up" as he pointed toward the bay sky.  I waved back, happy.  Click on photos to enlarge.






 


On this shot just right of center one can see a high sand dune on the Southampton shore across the bay that we used to climb for the great view.  It's now off limits as too much playful traffic had become destructive.

 



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46 comments:

ewok1993 said...

topnotch photography, two thumbs up!

TC said...

I believe stupendous is the word. Great instincts and great photography.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Extraordinary photographs. I LOVE the colors!

kbreints said...

The last one looks like a painting. Wonderful colors!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I for one am glad you went to all the effort. Great photographs. I love them.

Cloudia said...

Man O Man those are great!
Thumbs up indeed




Aloha, Friend!


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Lily Hydrangea said...

It's official! I am really envious of where you live on this island!
: )
These are absolutely stunning - other worldly. It must have been great witnessing those skies.
I love how someone else was out there enjoying them too. I think that is exactly what Nature intended.

Regina said...

The most beautiful skies I have ever seen. Wonderful and mesmerizing!
Thank you for sharing such delights!

overtiredmum said...

Any speeding tickets were worth it!
I really like the first shot. xo

Mike said...

Superb!

Coffeedoff said...

Amazing colours, great photos!

plainstufftoo said...

wow what a gorgeous place and such wonderful pictures to share

Friko said...

Good Heavens, there are scenes like these to be had? If only I could ever get up before 8 am. There's nothing much to see at 1 am when I go to bed.

It's Cloudia who pointed me in your direction. I love your photos.

Greetings from a cold, wet and miserable UK.

Light and Voices said...

Kewelopolis!
Joyce, IL, USA

J. Evan Kreider said...

Glad somebody can still get up early. These are great, and I possibly detect an HRD as well? I remember climbing the dune with you. I'm glad it's off limits because these days I couldn't do it anyway. You are right, 15 minutes can end up being the entire window of opportunity for displays this glorious.

Mark Kreider said...

You're right Evan, all four photos are HDRs. Each photo is comprised of three exposures quickly taken one after another, in this case at 1 1/2 fstops apart. Then they are merged with Photomatix software. The tricky part was dealing with so little light source and not being able to use the camera's optimum automatic settings for low light. Guess work... fun!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Absolutely wonderful shots.

J. Evan Kreider said...

What I appreciate is that, with the exception of the third shot, none appear to be HDR. You use HDR realistically rather than theatrically. When the technique/software does not pop out at the viewer, it is a success. Good job.

Lily Robinson said...

That first shot grabbed me! Awesome. Also love the upside-down deck chairs. Heck, love 'em all!

Glennis said...

Very beautiful sun rises reflections make them so spectacular.

rainfield61 said...

I enjoy watching your sky. Beautiful!!

Kcalpesh said...

Shot to perfection....

Pixellicious Photos

KaHolly said...

Obviously your results were well worth effort made!! What is an HDR please? (Could you e-mail me the answer? ksroy54 (at) hotmail.com) Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It's so exciting to be able to find new and interesting blogs from the comments! I appreciate it. ~karen

Misfit in Paradise said...

Lovely, lovely photos.
Thanks for visiting.

lina@women's perspectives said...

Mark, they all are gorgeous photos...
Love to see them.
Give my best regards to your Mom :)

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!
Wonderful shots, the sky is like in an eventyrland (fairytaleland)!
Yes, Bending Water- the video is fascinating to watch 55 minutes!
Have a nice evening!

Samson said...

Wonderful shots Mark, nice work on HDR, you have some nice collection of photo's here and i liked your other blog too....

Thanks for your comments on my blog, stop by when u get a chance

Regards
Anthony

Susan said...

Mark,Thanks for your very nice comment on my blog recently.
I just had a look through some of your posts. Absolutely some of the most wonderful Photographs I have seen in a long time. Looks like a gorgeous area, you do have a good eye for comosition. Wish I could spend some time out there with my camera. Thanks so much for sharing a little of your world. LOVE IT!!

Firefly said...

You get a thumbs up from me too

Benikos place said...

Fantastic shots!! wonderful blog, thanks for visiting

eden said...

Wow, those are breathtaking shots.

Thanks for the visit.

elvira pajarola said...

....simply stunning...the colours seem almost painted...MAGNIFICIENT...!!!!!

A pleasure to admire your pictures!!!!!!!
have a happy weekend!
ciao ciao elvira

Whitemist said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. you have captures wonderfully my favorite time of day. Would you mind if i use one or more for a painting. All creditsw will be given!

Sylvia K said...

Breathtaking captures, Mark! The colors are stunning and your composition is incredible as always! Such a pleasure to visit! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

LV said...

These lovely sky sights, blew me away. They are outstanding. You did an excellent job.

Rajesh said...

Spectacular shots.

Bill S. said...

Beautiful reflections on the water. Nothing more beautiful than when sky and water meet with no line between. Great pictures.

Serline said...

Such a great capture! Thank you for sharing and commenting on my blog.

ksdoolittle said...

Absolutel stunning photos!

Protege said...

Beautiful! Words actually escape me.
I am a great fan of sunrises and sunsets and can spot magnificent ones from my living room windows. I completely recognize the sentiment you try to convey here. Nature is always the greatest inspiration and bestows upon us, at all times, unforgettable moments...
These are absolutely stunning shots.

Thank you for your kind visit and a lovely poetic comment that I fully agree with.;)
xo
Zuzana

haidee said...

great photos!!! 10 stars for you!!!

Pearl Maple said...

Just magical, nature does sneak these little beauties in on us and thank you for picking up the clues early enough to be able to capture them for us all to enjoy

Dario Ferrari Photos said...

Really great photos in this blog..!!!

Bye
Dario

Nishant said...

I believe stupendous is the word. Great instincts and great photography.

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Nishant said...

The colors are stunning and your composition is incredible as always! Such a pleasure to visit! Hope you have a great weekend!

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Haddock said...

simply marvelous