Beach sunrise…

While I’m enjoying my weekend in New Brunswick, I decided to take some pictures at Saints’ Rest Beach and McLarens Beach, which is only a few miles – er, kilometers – from my hotel.  It means getting up at 5:00 a.m. – oh wait, that’s Atlantic time, which means I’m really getting up at 4:00 a.m. – yawn – but if it means getting new pictures for my arsenal and new blog posts for you… well, that’s more important than a few winks of sleep, isn’t it?

So, I tested out a new technique. Long exposure for the pre-sunrise, then a flash exposure for the foreground. A quick combination of the two pictures in startrails.de, some post-processing, and I got this.

Saints' Rest Sunrise
Saints’ Rest Sunrise, Saint John, N.B. Nikon D700 camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.5 ultra-wide angle. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Personally, I like this. It’s better than the beach shots I took last year, where there was too much cloud cover for me to actually get the image I wanted.

By comparison… I’ve gotten closer this time.

And I like the idea of “getting closer.”

Besides, what else am I going to do at 4:00 in the morning, besides taking pictures and writing blog posts?