Photo Essay

Early Morning Light Series

Autumn Light

I have been a creature of habit for several years in going to bed late and getting up late. (Not realizing that I was missing out on the best time of the day.)

I decided I needed to change my ways to embrace the early morning light personally by following the path of the sun and the clouds that presented itself on overcast days with even a rain shower mixed in.

I left a few spots empty purposely in my photo essay because I am waiting for haze with fog next to work with which I dearly love for atmospheric lighting....In my self portraits, that I am including with this series, I feel more relaxed to be a part of the scene that I am shooting and not the main focus of the scene. I want nature and the lighting to be the main priority.

Since I have started this series I have replaced some of these pictures that I had picked out as my favorites but this is how we learn by evaluating and critiquing our own work. What I have gained from this is I will never stop learning until the day I stop trying.

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28 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Sep 2011):

    Truly a beautiful series, Andrea! My favorite photo is the large one here. I love the essay, too. Got my vote!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (18 Sep 2011):

    Thank you for your very kind words and your vote, Susan. My favorite also is the large picture so far. The funny thing about it is that I thought I was through that morning with the photo shoots when I happened to turn my head and saw the rays. I immediately sprung into action and prayed I could capture it as I saw it.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    Andrea, this reminds me of paintings I have seen from the early 1800s. You have certainly harnessed the light to work for you in these gorgeous SPs. Superb images, each one. voted.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    I so agree with Judy, my friend. If you were in a period costume of that time, I'd swear they were paintings from one of the masters back then. Really love this essay and look forward to more of your beautiful morning shots. Sure gets my vote.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Great selection of images Andrea. Love the narrative too!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    You are so right about the morning haze and fog! I'm like you were, sleeping to late..haha, but perhaps not every weekend now, you've given me some ideas!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    You get an 'A+' for this light series : ). I too favor the large picture but then, all of them are very nice! Voted : )

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    This has been such a fabulous series. Photography is light and how can we ever hope to master it if we don't take advantage of the oppotunities to work with different types of light. Awesome job Andrea.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (25 Sep 2011):

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments and votes.
    A special thank you to Ann Reece for nominating this story..

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    This is a wonderful series Andrea! You amazed me with your images and poetry!

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (27 Nov 2011):

    Very nice series. Natural lightening is amazing here.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (13 Feb 2012):

    You are a beautiful soul...

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (13 Feb 2012):

    Thank you Carol Holmes for nominating this story to be
    voted on. You are very kind.

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    Story of the Week!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    Congratulations, my friend. Well deservered. So happy for you:-)))

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (20 Feb 2012):

    Way to go Andrea!! This is such a great story!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Feb 2012):

    Oh wow! I am truly amazed! Thank you JPG for honoring me with Story of the Week...I wasn't expecting it. What a beautiful surprise. Thank you all for your response and kindness.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    Contratulations, Andrea!! I am so pleased for you.. this is a fabulous essay and a very deserving winner!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    Congratulations on making Story of the Week, a well deserved recognition!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (21 Feb 2012):

    Andrea, Congratulations on making Story of the Week! So well deserved, indeed!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    Congratulations on winning story of the week on your beautiful photos and story to tell about early morning photography. This is a well deserved win!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (22 Feb 2012):

    Thank you all for congratulating me..I feel very humbled for getting selected as story of the week. I am inspired by many of the members here on JPG who are excellent photographers besides bringing motivation to others.

  • Dennis Hanson

    Dennis Hanson (Deleted) gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    Very, Very good, essay is great and photography is superb, congrats!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    Congratulations for the selection for the story of the week! Fully deserved!

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (26 Feb 2012):

    congrats on story of the week! you and your images deserve it!!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Mar 2012):

    Congratulations for making the blog.. well deserved!

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