As the days get longer I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get up for sunrise shoots. I’m not sure that there’s really a cure for that other than sheer dogged determination to get up and get going, something I was reminded the other day as being the hallmark of a true professional. It’s not hard to understand the motivation to get up and get going when you are often treated to glorious sunrises such as the one I was greeted with on a recent visit to what has become one of my favorite beaches. This shot and others like it are posted in prominent places around my home and every morning I don’t get up for a morning shoot they scream ‘look what you’re missing!’.
I’ve been continue to work on photographing the seashore and in particular rocks in the water. As summer approaches sunrise gets ever earlier, making it increasing unlikely that I will hit my self imposed goal of being on location an hour before sunrise. I enjoy being on location while it is still dark and waiting for the right light. On this particular morning I was on location 30 minutes before sunrise, with it being almost sunrise by the time I got a shot that I liked. Once the sun appeared on the horizon I felt it was too bright to make the photographs that I was looking to make and I headed for home and breakfast.
One of the beaches that we went to when I first moved to Boston’s south shore is littered with large rocks. They are an odd sight on an otherwise normal shoreline and were certainly something of a curiosity for me, having never seen anything like them before. They are glacial erratics, rocks that are out of place in terms of size and shape for the other rocks found in that area and that were transported as part of a glacier. I’m quite taken with these as subjects for my photos, which means I’ll return frequently until I’ve had my fill. It could be quite a while.
On this particular morning I had been trying out some wider views. I walked away to see whether I could get an image of a single rock and as I walked back down the beach I saw the image shown above.