By Mitch Lahey, Kings Beach, Caloundra, Australia
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“First time doing a sunrise shoot over a beach, so I was on holidays last week and for four days I woke up at 4am to catch the ‘before sunrise, and sunrise’. Before sunrise sometimes you get a pink horizon as in this picture and to create the mist effect with the water I needed to use a long exposure, thus using a polarize filter to get lower light.”
I went out recently on a 4am shoot. It was a particularly foggy morning which was quite a challenge! If you would like to see the pictures and see a video, please visit my blog.
Not long to go now until 4th April!
By Jim Skea, José Bonifácio Beach, Paquetá Island, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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“4am in José Bonifácio Beach, Paquetá Island. The burnt gases from the REDUC refinery form clouds in the background.”
I was curious about Paqueta Island and did a little research. I found out from Wikipedia
that Paquetá Island
is an island in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. The name of the island is a Tupi word meaning “many shells”, a reference to the plentiful shells on the island’s beaches. The island is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. Paquetá has twenty baobabs, a type of African tree – the only ones in Brazil beside the Baobà in Passeio Público in Fortaleza. One of them is called “Maria Gorda” (Fat Maria), which residents kiss for luck.
Apart from the eyesore of the REDUC refinery, it sounds like my idea of an idyllic island. I would love to enjoy a stay there. I imagine the island is quite peaceful, with the ban of cars. Living in the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham, means that it is very rare not to hear the sound of a car, lorry, taxi, bus or the sirens of an emergency vehicle.
I wonder if the trees in the photo are two of the twenty baobabs trees on the island? How lovely the islanders have named one of the trees Fat Maria and kiss it for luck!
I hope the selection of photos is inspiring you for your4am picture on the 4th April
By Phuong Nguyen, Vietnam
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“At 4.30 am, the locals, who wake up earlier, have to pitch tents for rent. Their new day starts in that way routinely!
I went to the beach at 4am to catch the sunrise, which was obviously my triumph because I hardly get up early! The sunrise was awesome. The breeze was super cool. And after taking photos of the sun, I felt asleep easily. That was one of the best sleeps I ever had! ”
What a bright, fresh,wonderful start to a new day! I wonder how the people setting up their tents feel about it. Perhaps, day in, day out, they just get used to it. Maybe they would think waking up in a big city would be a great and exciting start to the day.
Look how bright the day is. I am going to try and find out sunrise times around the world and blog them. In some country at 4am on4th April the sun will already be up – it will be fantastic to see the contrasts in light around the globe!