August Sunrise in Twelve Captures

The alarm went off at 5:00 am. I looked out and saw that the moon was still shining a path of light through the valley. I almost rolled over and went back to sleep. But I had made a promise to myself so got up and put the kettle on instead. Packing a small breakfast, iPad, thermos of coffee and my camera I slipped quietly out of the house. This is my first shot at sunrise on Reef Bay, Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada.


Just before six by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 004


Early Start by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 042


A bold start to the day by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 047


August Sunrise Reef Bay Mayne Island  by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 056


Waking in August by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 065


Morning by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 071


early arrivals by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 086


Hopeful Morning by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 092


Gulls at sunrise by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 100


August sunrise by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 139


Joining by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 167


Sun is up by Terrill Welch 2013_08_22 217

Digital photography lends itself well to doing a quick series of photography sketches such as I have done with this morning’s sunrise. I liken it to gesture sketches with charcoal. These handheld frames are not the tripod fineness that is associated with material for grand-size photography prints. Instead are the reference images that capture the sensory information for some later painting. These twelve images plus one short video..

If you were going to meet me at sunrise in August what would you bring?

P.S. Today is the last day for the early bird special price on my new calendar with twelve painting images. Please remember to set the start date you would like before ordering the calendar.

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16 thoughts on “August Sunrise in Twelve Captures

  1. Terrill – The colors you captured are absolutely breathtaking. In the photo titled” AUGUST SUNRISE REEF BAY MAYNE ISLAND” the rock immediately to the left of center brings to mind a small whale resting.

    You asked, “If you were going to meet me at sunrise in August what would you bring?”

    A fresh mental canvas on which to capture and retain my impressions.

    • Oh that would be a perfect thing to bring Laurie! There were no whales this morning but it is one of my fantasies that I will be out there shooting a this big beautiful mammal will surface right in front of me. It happened once so I am guessing it can happen again.

  2. You asked, “If you were going to meet me at sunrise in August what would you bring?”

    I’ll bring a book, a few pens and my journal.

    I was up shortly after 4 am, saluted the moon and then went back to bed.

    Thank you for capturing our beautiful island with your talented lens, Terrill.

    • You are most welcome Patricia. I wondering about sharing them all but it does give a sense of how the light changed over the 30 minutes I was taking photographs. After that I just sat and enjoyed the beginning of another day.

  3. Some of the later shots remind me of ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull,’ Terrill. But there is a hypnotic quality here and the digital photography is utterly stunning. You capture more than photos here. You capture a process!

    • Thank you Sam. I agree with you – it is very much a process rather than a series of photographs. I notice these kinds of changes all the time while I am painting and I must then choose which aspects to include.

        • Ah so you still have the weekend to wait before things really get rolling then. All the best of another school year to you Sam. I am starting to settle into a fall schedule as well though David and I are still going to one more trip in late September to visit my parents.

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