Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fiery Sunrise

I saw a beautifully fiery red/orange sunrise starting to peek over the horizon as I motored along on Natasha, my Ural Sidecar rig.

I was a few minutes late for work but I think you'll agree the delay was worth it to capture this shot:

Colorado Sunrise 12JAN2011

The tower structure is the water tank at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.

Update: 13JAN11, an even better sunrise today on the way to work:


bobskoot said...


Unfortunately I do not have a great vantage point for a sunrise photo while commuting. Often I see a great sky but the powerlines or buildings get in the way. We had a great moon last week but no where to pull over. Maybe next time I'll try pulling into the Cemetary

SonjaM said...

Dom, what a stunning photo. You are really lucky. My commuting is like Bob's across the city, and doesn't leave much scenic view. I will start commuting on a bike later the year, and hope to catch some interesting pictures from the road as well (it might involve some detouring for sure...).

motoroz said...

Great shot. I ride east for my commute to work. I enjoying watch sunrises.

RichardM said...

Really nice lighting. And it was a great excuse to be a bit late for work. But then again is there such thing as a bad excuse? These days all of our sunrises and sunsets are to the south so I rarely see them.


Raftnn said...

A great Pic!

Allen Madding said...

Great Shot! This is just one of several reasons I want out of this huge city. I miss getting to see sunsets.


Charlie6 said...

SonjaM, thanks...commuting on the motorcycle is what keeps me sane some days.

Motoroz, thanks as well....

RichardM, bummer about the sunrise/sunsets being too far south...they're the only good reason to be riding in less than ideal lighting conditions in terms of being visible.

Raftnn, thanks for the comment and visiting

Allen, I too hate crowded big cities....thanks for the comments.

Note: I just added a pic of today's (13JAN) sunrise to the posting.

bobskoot said...


I'm not saying your photos will be improved or look worse but make sure you are not on iA mode, then experiment with EC (exposure compensation). You will see immediate results on your screen as you + or -. Sometimes a little overexposure changes the colours a bit. The Lumix line tends to overexpose a bit burning out the highlights.

next time try slow speed sync. There is an icon in scenes mode with person and moon behind, and turn flash on for fill flash. I think you can set flash for minus EC then you will still get the sunset, via ambient light and the fill flash will light Natasha. I would set for -1.5 or more and see what happens

Wet Coast Scootin

Charlie6 said...


thanks for the input.

I shoot six pics, two with the person with moon behind scene mode, two with landscape, and last two in iA mode.

I may force the flash next time but really, not seeing much diff between the three modes mentioned.

RichardM said...

The second shot looks great. I like the colors and you can just make out the bike. When I first saw the picture I was wondering what the white dot was (looking at the site on my phone) but it showed up well once I clicked (tapped) on the image.


bobskoot said...


I hope the damage turns out to be something simple. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you

bobskoot: wet coast scootin