Sunrise at the Bean + Maple Glazed Ham Biscuit = A Perfect Morning in Chicago

Chicago Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits

After I shot at dawn and sunrise once, there is no going back. The lighting in midday is just too plain. So, during this recent trip to Chicago, I made my sister wake up early with me to go to the Millennium Park for the sunrise.

拍過日出就無法走回頭路了,大白天的光線變得很無趣。這次去芝加哥,逼我妹早早起床去千禧公園看日出。

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Good-bye, Easy Mt. Washington Sunrise

Pittsburgh Mt Washington sunrise

The sunrise last Saturday was not all that glamorous. Yet it was the last day that I was able to get up early and easily make it to Mount Washington by myself before I end the lease of my Shadyside apartment and completely move out of the city. That milestone status makes this morning trip blog-worthy.

上星期六的日出其實沒什麼厲害的,但這是我最後一天可以自己早起輕鬆上華盛頓山,接下來就要徹底搬離城市,沒有Shadyside的小公寓了。所以雖然日出不精彩,還是值得紀念。

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DC Cherry Blossoms: Photographing the Tidal Basin at Dawn

washington dc cherry blossom tidal basin washington monument sunrise

This Instagram caption said it well: “After today, I’m convinced that the Tidal Basin is actually a portal to an alternate universe where thousands of people come together at sunrise to shed their miserable morning demeanor.”  ─ @rayhayhurst

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Sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

This is the first time I went back to DC after I got my first DSLR, Nikon D3100, about two months ago. In order to wander around freely with my camera all day, I was being such an asshole that I didn’t tell anyone I was in town. One of my mission was to shoot (from) Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial at sunrise. Some dreamy ideal shots that I fantasized about were: warm and orange early sunlight shining on Lincoln’s face; the sun, Washington Monument and the Capitol dome; and pretty sunrise sky with orange and purple clouds and their reflection on the Vietnam War Memorial.

Of course, I failed.

這是我六月底買了相機以來第一次去DC,人很差地沒有跟很多人約,每天起床就帶著相機出門亂走。這次的任務之一是日出的林肯紀念堂和越戰紀念碑,我幻想的景是:橘色的朝陽打在林肯的臉上、太陽和華盛頓紀念碑和國會圓頂、還有橘色紫色雲的日出天空映在越戰紀念碑上。

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