The Occasional Sunrise

The moment, approximately half an hour before “Several billion trillion tons of superhot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp.” (Douglas Adams, “Life, the Universe and Everything”). It almost looks like one of the very first frames out of The Lion King, doesn’t it? At least maybe if you don’t look at the actual opening frames to compare (look below for comparison image).

Photo © Bjørnar Andre Haveland

Being a Type B person, I rarely manage to get up early enough to get a decent shot at the, if I may say so myself, breathtaking pre-dawn glow above the eastern horizon. It’s far easier to just stay up way late, shoot the sunrise when it gets here, and then go to bed afterwards, even if it does earn you the non-alcoholic equivalent of a hangover (unless you had a few drinks to keep you awake, in which case it’s a regular hangover).

Taken on 15-Apr-2014 at 05:36 from our balcony. Shot in RAW with a Nikon D7000, slight processing in Lightroom 3 to suppress lens vignetting. No more editing necessary; the picture practically took itself.

So how does it hold up to this rather iconic image, which most people ought to find at least vaguely but pleasantly familiar?

Rudely borrowed without asking from someone who borrowed it from Disney

Sadly, around here, no-one sings Zulu chants whenever the sun breaks free of the horizon. If anything, I believe that might liven up the neighbourhood perhaps a little too vigorously and a little too early in the morning for comfort, so I’m not going to.


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