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Pacific Ocean, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Village, Kona side, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Rise and Set: First and Last Light (WPC)

Above/featured: Facing west into the Pacific from Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA – 19 May 2008.

For the last ten years, it’s been an interesting exercise to photograph a variety of sunrises and sunsets at a number of locations around the world. One of my favourite locations was Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in north-central Chile, a place I visited and subsequently worked as astronomer between 1995 and 2011.

But my favourite “sun time” is summer sunrise. Early morning in July has a very special feel; the air is different, it’s still, it’s warm. Birds chirp idly, while the few humans out and about chatter quietly. All like me have eschewed sleep to witness daybreak and sunrise before 6am.

This post is a contribution to WPC’s Rise/Set. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bFO with the seven photos appearing here made between 2008 and 2014.


First Light


Final Light

Sunset, Cerro Pachon, Cerro Tololo, Region de Coquimbo, Chile

Sunrise over Burrard Inlet : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 1 July 2014, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: First light on the 1st of July

At a latitude of 49 degrees North, Vancouver gets a lot of light from the early morning hour during the summer. If you stay up all night, you’ll watch the dusk’s glow diminish in the northwest, a faint glow hover over the entire length of the northern horizon, and dawn’s glow strengthen towards sunrise in the northeast. I awoke at 415am, headed out by 445am, and arrived on foot at the waterfront by Burrard Inlet by 515am. The morning sky continued to brighten until the moment the rays of the sun climbed up and over the North Shore mountains. Over on the right, the sails from Canada Place and the cranes from the CenTerm port facility reach high into the sky, as if by sheer reach they’re commanding the high wispy cirrus clouds to break apart for the big bright summer sun.

I made this photo at 545am to begin my 16+ hour marathon to photograph parts of the greater Vancouver area on Canada Day (1 July 2014).

I made the photo above on 1 July 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-5nc.

New Zealand : Wellington Daybreak on Mount Victoria

Before visiting the South Island for the first time, I spent a week with friends in Wellington, New Zealand at the beginning of July 2012. I didn’t have my own set of wheels, but I didn’t need a car in a compact city that is easy to cover on foot. If necessary, the buses work well to reach most destinations in greater Wellington.

The winter weather had been beautiful and relatively calm, which I thought was a little unusual for winter in “windy Welly”. But I was definitely not one to complain, and before leaving Wellington, I wanted to watch the sunrise from the summit of Mount Victoria.

At a height of about 200 metres or 660 feet, Mount Victoria (Tangi Te Keo in Maori) may be more like a hill, but it’s tall enough to get a great view of the city and the harbour. Wellington harbour is also known as Port Nicholson, and Te Whanganui a Tara in Maori.

I caught the first buses of the day: what would I see? Would the skies be clear? I was the sole person to alight the bus at the summit, just minutes before sunrise. There’s something to be said to be the only person at the summit to welcome the brand new day.

Enjoy the view!


Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

Sunrise

CBD at sunrise, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

CBD at sunrise

Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

Te Whanganui-a-Tara

8am Bluebridge ferry to Picton, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

1st ferry out

WLG airport, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

Miramar peninsula (Whataitai)

Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012
815am Interislander ferry to Picton, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

Morning ferry to Picton

Byrd memorial, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

Admiral Byrd memorial, pointing south to Antarctica

Wakefield Lookout, Centennial Memorial, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

To the northeast

Wakefield Lookout, Centennial Memorial, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012 Wakefield Lookout, Centennial Memorial, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand - 12 July 2012

I made the photos above on 12 July 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2ck.

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