“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.” ― Jon Krakauer
Peaking Thru the Bridge – San Francisco, California
Love those early morning wake up calls. This a.m. I met Mr. Casey McCallister at Conzelman Road, at that one spot where you can see the Transamerica Tower thru the uprights of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a decent morning for sunrise, and strange to be able to see the whole city with no fog or clouds, as the last time I was up here you could barely even see the bridge!
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I think the human condition has such a draw towards water.
As the Sun Rises on San Diego
During this shot I was constantly running back up to my car to make sure it wasn’t getting towed. I was certain I heard the beep of a tow truck several times. Luckily, that didn’t happen, and the sun rise cooperated nicely.
The more I force myself to rise for sunrise, the more pleasantly surprised I am. It’s being able to see the landscape come to life around you, that moment when the colors turn and the sky comes to life.
On the Edge of Daybreak – Colorado National Monument
After rising early at the rest stop in Grand Junction, we quickly made our way toward the Colorado National Monument to find some scenes for sunrise. There was a storm moving in, and the sun coming over the Rockies lit up the rain on the valley. Waiting for that perfect moment when the sun crests the horizon for a little sunburst just topped it off.
I did have one mishap, not checking my messages before going to bed. A friend, Jacob, had invited us to stay the night at their place in GJ, and I’ll admit a bed would have been a little more pleasant than the bed of an SUV, but I may have been a little more tempted to sleep thru sunrise, which in this case would have been a tragedy.
California has officially made it in to my ‘most frequent’ used categories on my website. I wonder if that’s a sign, either that I go too often, or that it’s just such a beautiful place to photograph…
When Morning Calls ~ San Francisco, California
On this fine (albeit brisk) morning, I met Casey McCallister of http://caseymacphoto.com/ for a sunrise shoot at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walking up Conzleman Rd towards Hawk hill. We would have had Michael Bonocore of http://www.mb-photography-sf.com/ join us, but he was too busy sleeping in from a hard afternoon spent at the Giants game. Karl the Fog monster never showed up, actually we didn’t have much in the way of clouds at all, but having an unobstructed view of the city wasn’t bad either. And I’ll be the first to admit I’m a sucker for sunburts.