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Bloody-Red Liffey Sunrise.

This morning (24 February 2019) saw a stunning bloody-red sunrise over Dublin.

I made a series of photos with my digital cameras.

It’s probably just as well I brought three cameras, since halfway through my photography with my Nikon F3 loaded with Kodak Tri-X, the button-battery in the camera ran out of juice.

And you say, ‘of course you brought a spare battery’.

No, no I didn’t.

And why was I photographing a blood red sunrise on black & white film anyway?

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January 2018 Sunrise—The Day was Only Beginning.

Red sunrise means you’re going to have a good day. Right?

Or was that a red sunset?

Anticipating drop-under at Tennyville, Palmer, Massachusetts, January 3, 2018.

Looking east on the old Boston & Albany. Tennyville, Palmer, Massachusetts, January 3, 2018.

And yes, it was cold.

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Tracking the Light Final Post for 2015; 10 Sunrises.

(only see one sunrise photo? click this link to view Tracking the Light’s site.)

Looking forward to 2016: I’ve decided to usher in the New Year with a collection of sunrise views that I’ve made over the years.

Sunrise is one of the best times to make photos as the light is low, colorful and dramatic. Sunrise is always varied.

Also, I’d like to dispel a myth that I’m never up early. 😉

Of these varied views, which do you like the most?

Sunrise, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.
Sunrise, Dublin. Lumix LX7 photo.

Sunrise, San Francisco, exposed with a Nikon F3T on Fujichrome slide film in 2009.
Sunrise, San Francisco, exposed with a Nikon F3T on Fujichrome slide film in 2009.

NJ Jersey Transit sunrise at Matawan, New Jersey in December 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
NJ Jersey Transit sunrise at Matawan, New Jersey in December 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.

Sunrise, Palmer, Massachusetts October 25, 2009. Lumix LX3 photo.
Sunrise, CP83 Palmer, Massachusetts October 25, 2009. Lumix LX3 photo.

Sunrise, West Warren, Massachusetts, November 2015. Lumix LX7 photograph.
Sunrise, West Warren, Massachusetts, November 2015. Lumix LX7 photograph.

Sunrise near Oulu, Finland, July 2015. FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera.
Sunrise near Oulu, Finland, July 2015. FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera.

Boston & Albany sunrise, Tennyville, Palmer, Massachusetts, December 2015. FujiFilm X-T1 digital photo.
Boston & Albany sunrise, Tennyville, Palmer, Massachusetts, December 2015. FujiFilm X-T1 digital photo.

1990s smoky sunrise at Solitude, Utah.
1990s smoky sunrise at Solitude, Utah.

Sunrise at Newark, New Jersey, December 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.
Sunrise at Newark, New Jersey, December 2015. Lumix LX7 photo.

Another Palmer sunrise. Sometime, before today.
Another Palmer sunrise. Sometime, before today.

 

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Daily posts planned for 2016.

Glory of Sunrise—November 18, 2015.

Timing is everything; good information helps.

As I approached the Tenneyville bridge in Palmer (that’s the Route 32 bridge in modern parlance), I heard two CSX trains talking to each other. It was obvious a meet was in progress between CP79 and CP83 (east and west ends of the signaled dispatcher controlled siding).

When I crossed the bridge, CSX Q293 (westward empty autoracks) was easing along below me. The signals at CP83 had just cleared and the sun had just peaked above the horizon.

In a matter of moments, the engineer on Q293 would begin to accelerate. I needed to act quickly.

With my VW, I can accelerate faster than a long freight train, and I was lucky that the roads were clear of traffic.

I drove to a known photo location near the location of the old Boston & Albany freight house (demolished in 1989). This has the advantage of being open, while providing a long view on the tangent track through Palmer yard toward the rising sun.

I arrived with just enough time to set my FujiFilm X-T1 and expose a series of photos of the train rolling west out of sunrise. Soft morning clouds dampened the harshness of the direct light.

CSX Q293 rolls west against a backdrop of the rising sun at Palmer, Massachusetts on November 18, 2015. The Tenneyville Bridge is visible in the distance. My set up time: about 15 seconds.
CSX Q293 rolls west against a backdrop of the rising sun at Palmer, Massachusetts on November 18, 2015. The Tenneyville Bridge is visible in the distance. My set up time: about 15 seconds.

Here I’ve included both a long telephoto view, and a wide angle to give you a sense for both the lighting and the location. The wide view required a bit of contrast control and exposure adjustment to make for a satisfactory final image.

The range of contrast of this wide angle view required a bit of post processing. I prefer the telephoto view, but this one gives a good lay of the land. Both were exposed using my FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera. If I had had time, I'd have exposed some color slides.
The range of contrast of this wide angle view required a bit of post processing. I prefer the telephoto view, but this one gives a good lay of the land. Both were exposed using my FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera. If I had had time, I’d have exposed some color slides.

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Sunrise on the former Chicago & North Western.

I was traveling with Dean Sauvola. Just before sunrise on October 22, 1995 we paused at a favorite grade crossing near Colo, Iowa where I made this image (among others).

Rails to the horizon offer the classic textbook illustration of perspective.

Exposed on Fujichrome using a Nikkormatt FTN with 28mm Nikkor AF lens (focused manually). Exposure calculated with a hand-held Sekonic Studio Deluxe photo cell.
Exposed on Fujichrome using a Nikkormatt FTN with 28mm Nikkor AF lens (focused manually). Exposure calculated with a hand-held Sekonic Studio Deluxe photo cell.

A vertically cropped version of this image was featured in August 2008 TRAINS Magazine, and again at the end of a special TRAINS issue commemorating photography.

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DAILY POST; San Francisco Sunrise, 1992.

Muni Boeing-Vertol LRV’s catch the glint.

 In 1992, I was living on Haight Street in San Francisco, just a short walk from this location. One August morning, I got up early to make photos of Muni’s light rail cars exiting the Muni Metro on Duboce in the sunrise glint light.

San Francisco MUNI light rail.
Exposed on Fujichrome 100 with a Nikon F3T fitted with an f1.8 105mm Nikkor lens, scanned with an Epson V600 desktop scanner.

For this image, I’ve used the trees at the left to shade the front element from direct sun to minimize flare. Although it was a clear morning, the sun was tinted by pollution that I remember as being a common effect in the Bay Area, especially in the summer.

My goal was to catch a car taking the wye from the J-Church line heading west on the N-Judah line, which was a common way for Muni to position cars in the morning. While I did make that photo, I felt this image was actually a better picture.

It shows an inbound J-Church car turning toward the subway portal with an N-Judah car outbound.

Although, I commonly used Kodachrome at the time, for this image I used Fujichrome 100 (before the introduction of Provia), which I processed myself at the photo studio where I worked in South San Francisco. Among my studio duties was running E6 transparency film. We used a roller transport machine and mixed the chemistry on site.

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East Deerfield Yard, Sunrise March 20, 2012

Pan Am Railways at Daybreak:

One year ago today (March 20, 2012), I made this rosy sunrise image at Pan Am Railway’s East Deerfield Yard (Massachusetts) using my Canon 7D fitted with an f2.8 200mm lens. East Deerfield has long been a favorite place to begin or finish a day’s photography. Its curved east-west orientation makes it ideal for working with sunrise and sunset. Plus as an operations hub, there’s often something on the move, or at least getting ready. The morning of March 20, 2012 was quiet enough, giving me time to make some interpretive views of the yard.

Looking toward the rising sun at East Deerfield Yard. Canon 7D fitted with an f2.8 200mm lens; ISO 200, f3.5 1/500th second.
Looking toward the rising sun at East Deerfield Yard. Canon 7D fitted with an f2.8 200mm lens; ISO 200, f3.5 1/500th second.

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