Sunrise over Departure Bay in Nanaimo. Canon EOS XSi EF-S 17-85mm f/4.5-5.6 at f/6.3 50mm 1/100 ISO 200We spend so much time on sunsets, that the beauty and hopefulness of a sunrise is often ignored. A sunset quiets and calms as it sinks slowly into darkness. A sunrise invigorates and animates as we feel the light return to darkened world. The tremors of the early morning light warms the edge off the night time cool. The moist air rising off the water is pushed back against me as I walk over the pebbled rocks and uneven sand and I feel the possibilities of a new day.
I drive past the beautiful Departure Bay every morning and the sunrises are often spectacular. One Saturday morning I went down with my camera anticipating a beautiful sunrise. I wasn't disappointed. I had enough time to get set up and ready as I anticipated the sun coming up over Stephenson Point in the distance. The atmospheric dust was just enough to give the air a beautiful warm glow and to through the mountains on the mainland into golden silhouette. I made sure that I had underexposed the image enough for the foreground to be thrown into silhouette and waited for the magical momen when the sun peaked over the the trees.