When the alarm sounded at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning for a sunrise shoot I thought, “Why?”
I started to go through the ole routine of trying to find any reason to go back to bed. I looked out the window and saw an overcast sky. My thoughts:
“Oh look, it’s too cloudy for a sunrise shoot.”
“Hmmm, look at the time. I’m kind of running late so I may miss the sunrise anyway.”
“I bet there is a D.C. road race which closes all the roads where I need to park. Why bother?”
I wonder if any other photographers do the same?
I decided to check the satellite loop on the computer. There was clear sky east of Washington with clouds overhead and to the west. It actually looked like a really good setup for a colorful sunrise. I got the coffee going.
Read below for a time lapse video and more photos.
A time lapse video taken from the Netherlands Carillon. The video compresses 24 minutes into 16 seconds.
I drove to Rosslyn and within minutes the sky just popped with color. Instantly, I remembered why I shoot sunrises. Shooting sunrises is not like storm chasing or photographing fireworks, but a good sunrise does put on a show. I think I’ll try it again sometime soon.