Sunrise in the City : Take Tuesday Photography Series

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The Take Tuesday Photography Series theme for this week was : Sunrise. I am so glad that Shakti gave us the list of prompts well in advance because I was able to take these shots on the only sunrise I have seen in almost 2 years.

(It happens so rarely that I remember the exact occasions upon which I have witnessed the sun coming up in the past several years. It was always when leaving very early to go on the annual out-of-town work meeting for my last job. I resigned from it because the work was no longer stimulating to me, however I must say that I miss those annual retreats. One time we even all went to New York City! It was fantastic. And of course, I also very much miss the excellent people I worked with at that job too.)

Anyway, knowing that I would 'need' some pictures of a sunrise, I took these ones when I was out last month for the all-night art show called Nuit Blanche. But truthfully, photography-series or not, there is no doubt that I would have taken these shots anyway because the colour of sky at the moment of sun-up was the most dramatic shade of blue, and the clouds that morning caused a marbled effect that was spectacular.

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Because you can't actually see the horizon while in the city, there is no big ball of glowing light, gradually showing itself. Rather, you get a gradual lightening of the sky from the east. This deep royal blue effect lasted no more than 15 minutes, giving way to a grey misty light, such as that seen in this final shot I got of the art-show, at 7am, as the whole thing was wrapping up.

Revisiting my photographs from the whole Nuit Blanche 2012 experience really made me appreciate it all over again. I wish it happened more often than only once a year, but I will take what I can get. Not only did I see interesting works of art that night, but the event allowed me the ability to walk around downtown in the middle of the night, and while I am never afraid in my city, I would not take the risk of ever being out on the streets alone, on just any night.

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8 Responses to Sunrise in the City : Take Tuesday Photography Series

  1. shakti says:

    You are right – that blue is INCREDIBLE! it’s deep but vibrant. It kinda looks like if it were tangibe it would feel like velvet or some other luxury textile. Great shots, pretty lady. These really are wonderful.

  2. Nicole says:

    That blue is awesome! I normally only see this at night after the sun has gone down. I too rarely ever see the sun coming up. I really should!

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Nicole! Haha, yes Shakti got us with that Sunrise prompt alright. I had to laugh because she even has trouble getting up to see the sunrise, but she still challenged us with that theme!

  3. nadiratani says:

    This is probably a bit odd, but when I see that particular blue it makes me want to hold my breath… like the sky is trying to be still right before day break. And the clouds… just beautiful ^.^

  4. Erin says:

    Beautiful pictures. I am not an early bird by any stretch of the imagination, but your pictures make me wish I were, just a little bit.


    • Loulou says:

      Thanks Erin :) Lol, I have always wished I could be one of those people who are up and at it bright and early. Like my dad used to say when I’d wake up at 9am on the weekends … ‘You’ve already missed half the day!”.

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