Morning is certainly one of my favorite times, even though I am not an early riser… It’s always a good thing to welcome another day, particularly when there’s a nice sunrise. Currently, it is the season to welcome the sunrise on a regular basis, as it occurs when I am on my way to work.
One of the features that I pass during my commute is Wachusett Reservoir, where this morning’s image was captured.
This reflection was kind of interesting, but I also noticed another possible shot…
I actually like this one a bit more. Which one do you like best?
Both of these images were captured with an iPhone 6S with the standard Camera app.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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8 thoughts on “Wednesday Sunrise”
Beautiful reflection!! The first is my favorite 🙂
Thank you! I’m curious to find out where opinion will fall on this one. Thank you very much for reading my blog!!
Allebei zijn schitterend en ik vind de eerste meer sfeervol.
Hartelijke dank voor het compliment!! Dat zijn nu twee stemmen voor de eerste foto.
Both are stunning! But I like the one with water reflections more. It’s amazing how nature can surprise us sometimes displaying its splendor.
Great capture Frank!
#2 for me. More interesting composition. Fog creeping out of the woods, across the fields to try and reach the water. I can imagine where it will be in the next minute.
First would be more appealing if there was more light/contrast between the hillside and rock ridge.
Thank you! I agree with you.