Are Sunset & Sunrise Photos Cliché?

The term cliché is used to describe a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or unique. It is a somewhat common opinion that sunrise and sunset images are subject to this definition. And, while I agree that sunrise and sunset photos are certainly a mature subject and yes, even cliché, I just can’t resist them. Being present to witness their beauty is a spiritual experience each and every time. Just like snowflakes, no two are alike. The sunrise and sunset photos below were shot on my recent trip to Chincoteague, VA. I especially enjoyed the foggy mornings that limited the visibility and simplified the scenes creating a peaceful and abstract quality. Please forgive me if these images are cliché … I just couldn’t help myself! (Scroll down to see more posts about Chincoteague; ‘Wild Ponies & Other Creatures’ and ‘Chincoteague Trees’.)

'Snow Goose Pool Before Sunrise'  © Denise Bush
‘Snow Goose Pool Before Sunrise’ © Denise Bush
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'Beyond The Fog'  © Denise Bush
‘Beyond The Fog’ © Denise Bush
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'Zen Sunrise At Chincoteague'  © Denise Bush
‘Zen Sunrise At Chincoteague’ © Denise Bush
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'Snow Goose Pool Sunrise'  © Denise Bush
‘Snow Goose Pool Sunrise’ © Denise Bush
'Zen Sunset At Chincoteague'  © Denise Bush
‘Zen Sunset At Chincoteague’ © Denise Bush
'Chincoteague Island Sunset'  © Denise Bush
‘Chincoteague Island Sunset’ © Denise Bush
'Chincoteague Fishing Shack'  © Denise Bush
‘Chincoteague Fishing Shack’ © Denise Bush

Wild Ponies & Other Creatures

Finding and photographing the wild ponies at Chincoteague and Assateague Islands was part of my recent adventure with camera club friends. On our first night two came galloping by along the bayside shore where we were photographing the sunset. The ponies could be spotted right along the road but finding them is all in the timing. They were friendly enough and allowed us to photograph them in their natural surroundings. One stallion had a blue eye on one side and someone informed us his name was ‘Surfer Dude’. We also spent time photographing the herons, egrets and any other kind of wildlife we met. The resident eagle showed himself on our second morning. He was quite a distance away so I did the best I could with my full frame sensor and 400mm lens. I enjoyed watching him warm himself in the sun while keeping an eye on me and the other photographers. One of my friends found a tiny snapping turtle (about the size of a CF card) outside our hotel. With no water around, we took it to the preserve and along the way we named him ‘Teague’. (To see more from this trip scroll down to the previous post, ‘Chincoteague Trees’.)

'Assateague Wild Pony'  © Denise Bush
‘Assateague Wild Pony’ © Denise Bush
'Surfer Dude'  © Denise Bush
‘Surfer Dude’ © Denise Bush
'Wild Pony'  © Denise Bush
‘Wild Pony’ © Denise Bush
'Crossing The Stream'  © Denise Bush
‘Crossing The Stream’ © Denise Bush
'A Place Of Her Own'  © Denise Bush
‘A Place Of Her Own’ © Denise Bush
'End Of Day'  © Denise Bush
‘End Of Day’ © Denise Bush
'Egret Reflection'  © Denise Bush
‘Egret Reflection’ © Denise Bush
'Ruffled Feathers'  © Denise Bush
‘Ruffled Feathers’ © Denise Bush
'Soaking In The Sun'  © Denise Bush
‘Soaking In The Sun’ © Denise Bush
'Teague The Turtlle'  © Denise Bush
‘Teague The Turtle I’ © Denise Bush
'Teague The Turtle II'  © Denise Bush
‘Teague The Turtle II’ © Denise Bush
'Herring Gull Resting'  © Denise Bush
‘Herring Gull Resting’ © Denise Bush

Chincoteague Trees

While on a recent, South Jersey Camera Club trip to Chincoteague, Virginia one of the highlights for me was photographing before sunrise. The first image below can really be considered a night shot. We certainly had to wake up in the wee hours in order to get to our first location, which was near this family of trees. I was drawn to their silhouettes when it got light enough to make out the shapes. The following two images were shot on our second morning. My friend and I strayed from the group a bit and explored a trail on the other side of the pond, finding our own subjects. It was foggier and the sunrise was less colorful than the day before. I was lucky enough however to catch a fleeting moment of color behind a pond-side tree I had chosen as a subject earlier. I enjoyed the quiet time, walking in the fog while listening to the waking geese that only appeared as foggy silhouettes on the water. I was attracted to the strong silhouette of a tree that was beside a tidal stream and the layering affect the fog created. The fog lasted into the morning and added interest to the scenery that became bathed in warm morning light. Some trips are more fruitful than others and this trip was a successful one for me. Chincoteague sunrise and maybe even a few wild pony images will be included in upcoming posts. Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment by clicking the link at the end of this post.

'Before The Dawn'  © Denise Bush
‘Before The Dawn’ © Denise Bush
'Tree At Dawn'  © Denise Bush
‘Tree At Dawn’ © Denise Bush
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'Along The Banks'  G Denise Bush
‘Along The Banks’ © Denise Bush
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'Warm Light & A Dead Tree'  © Denise Bush
‘Warm Light & A Dead Tree’ © Denise Bush

Cape Cod Landscapes

I’ve finally processed favorite landscape images from my Cape Cod visit. The vegetation on the Cape was similar to New Jersey’s coastal regions but what impressed me most was the large and abundant dunes. They were pretty this time of year and when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, the grasses lit up a brilliant gold. The Race Point Lighthouse could be seen across the dunes. God beams appeared among beautiful clouds. A sunset on the beach was worth braving the cold and wind until the bitter end of its display. Weathered fences offered themselves as subjects among the blowing grass and sand. The happy neon lights of the Lobster Pot called to me for a photo and meal! And, morning was welcomed on the Provincetown docks while bobbing boats and bird greetings overhead accompanied the light of day. The visit was short but sweet and I do hope to return one day. (See the previous post ‘This & That’ for other images made in Cape Cod.)

'Breaking Through'  © Denise Bush
‘Breaking Through’ © Denise Bush
'Expecting Winter'  © Denise Bush
‘Expecting Winter’ © Denise Bush
'Beachside Lighthouse'  © Denise Bush
‘Beachside Lighthouse’ © Denise Bush
'The Way To Go'  © Denise Bush
‘The Way To Go’ © Denise Bush
'Race Point Coast Guard Station'  © Denise Bush
‘Race Point Coast Guard Station’ © Denise Bush
'Tidal Stream'  © Denise Bush
‘Tidal Stream’ © Denise Bush
'Race Point Sunset I'  © Denise Bush
‘Race Point Sunset I’ © Denise Bush
'Race Point Sunset II'  © Denise Bush
‘Race Point Sunset II’ © Denise Bush
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'Morning Light At Race Point'  © Denise Bush
‘Morning Light At Race Point’ © Denise Bush
'Morning At Race Point Light'  © Denise Bush
‘Morning At Race Point Light’ © Denise Bush
'Clouds & Dunes'  © Denise Bush
‘Clouds & Dunes’ © Denise Bush
'Race Point Dunes'  © Denise Bush
‘Race Point Dunes’ © Denise Bush
'North Truro Light'  © Denise Bush
‘North Truro Light’ © Denise Bush
'The Lobster Pot'  © Denise Bush
‘The Lobster Pot’ © Denise Bush
'Predawn At P-town'  ©Denise Bush
‘Predawn At P-town’ © Denise Bush
'Sunset Close-up'  © Denise Bush
‘Day Is Done’ © Denise Bush