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US 1 at sunset
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Sunrise Key West

Old dock pilings on the Atlantic ocean side.
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Soft sunrise

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Key West Sunset

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Barely shining through

Sunset last night with plane returning from Fort Jefferson National Park.
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Key West sunset

Took my camera down to the water last night and as the sun was melting into the horizon these two boats nicely lined up for me.
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Front row for a sunrise

Pewaukee Lake Wisconsin
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Key West FL

Another beautiful sunset
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There should be music

Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the appearance of indirect sunlight being scattered in Earth's atmosphere, when the centre of the Sun's disc has reached 18° below the observer's horizon. This morning twilight period will last until sunrise, when direct sunlight outshines the diffused light. Wikipedia I think a colorful dawn like this, mirrored by a lake, should come a soundtrack composed by the famous John Williams.
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A new day begins

Sunrise Wisconsin
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Sunrise fishing

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Utah sunset

Took this in Gunlock Utah
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Slot canyon

A slot canyon is a long, narrow channel or drainageway with sheer rock walls that are typically eroded into either sandstone or other sedimentary rock. A slot canyon has depth-to-width ratios that typically exceed 10:1 over most of its length and can approach 100:1. Some slot canyons can measure less than 1 metre (3 ft) across at the top but drop more than 30 metres (100 ft) to the floor of the canyon. Wikipedia This Navajo sandstone canyon is in Page Arizona. The ideal time to photograph is between 10 and 2 when the sun is overhead to light up the walls.
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Mirror

Based on the light sometimes I have to leave the shutter open to capture more light. This one took 6 seconds which had the added benefit of smoothing out the already flat lake.
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First light on a rainy morning

Wisconsin sunrise on a rainy morning.
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A Close-up

There was enough cloud, fog and Canadian fire smoke to create a natural filter allowing me to take this with a very powerful lens without my camera and eyeball melting. If you are seeing this on a larger device screen you'll even be able to clearly see a sunspot on the right side above trees. I take quite a few photos, especially sunrises and it amazes me that a photo can easily capture trees 5 miles away with a sunspot 93 million miles behind them. This is the kind of stuff that makes this an enjoyable hobby.
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Sky fire

Sunrise in Wisconsin with very low clouds resembling fire on the horizon.
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In the back row

I love taking sunset photos in Key West. Sometimes I think I have enough but I'm always proven wrong because every sunset is a little different from all the others. For this one I'm sitting on a beach on a plastic lawn chair, camera with a big lens mounted on a tripod between my legs. I just Googled something like best sunset locations and Key West seemed to be on everyones top 10 list. Every evening there are 10-30 boats carrying their paid customers out for a front row view while I'm sitting in the back row hoping they will partially block my view.
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Maraschino

Pewaukee Lake WI
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Key West Sunset

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Sunset Key West FL

I used a very wide lens which makes the palm trees look like they are bending towards the center.
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A mix of things

Rain, clouds, trees and a full rainbow.
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Quiet Color

It requires clouds for a memorable sunrise or sunset but some sunrises need very little to emphasize the changing color bands as it makes its way closer to the horizon.
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Sunrise Wisconsin

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Pastel morning

Looking about 10 miles East on Pewaukee Lake WI.
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One Season Ends

Boating season ends but the light show continues.
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Patience

Sun rising through a low layer of fog creates some interesting light. This was taken on Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin.
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This dawn should last all day

Front row seat silently watching someone paint with spray cans on the other side of a huge pane of glass.
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Double lake sunrise

Interesting clouds can form 50+ miles away over Lake Michigan due to warm air over colder water.These clouds catch the first light of the dawn like a theatre screen, and reflect this light to the ground which is again reflected in the calm 10 miles of inland lake water I'm photographing over here in Wisconsin.
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Silent Color

Sunrise over my favorite Lake in Pewaukee Wisconsin
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Dazzling Sunrise

Wisconsin Best
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Foggy Sunrise

Wisconsin
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Another Day

Another beautiful sunset sail in Key West FL
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Fog Frame

This sunrise is nicely framed with fog.
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Outstanding sunrise

What a beautiful beginning
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It’s real

I am fortunate to be able to get so many beautiful sunrise photos. And if the water is smooth......ah....reflection bonus.
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Key West sunset

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US 1 at sunset

Bridge connecting two Florida keys.
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Melting Sun

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Blue Morning

Little contrast but superb reflection
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Keys Sunset

Sunset sail in Key West.
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Pretty Morning

Wisconsin Sunrise
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Sunrise Surprise

Sitting on the dock focusing, one eye closed, on the sunrise and distant clouds, this rower appears in my viewfinder. He was so silent I never heard him coming.
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Gunlock Reservoir

Gunlock Reservoir is located in the scenic red rock country of southwestern Utah. It is a pretty little reservoir popular for boating and other water sports. It offers good fishing at times, particularly for largemouth bass and channel catfish.
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Doubler

Water drops on the lens glass but a very pretty sight.
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Rising star

Wisconsin sunrise over Pewaukee Lake.
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Wisconsin fishing

The sun was rising behind this fisherman and I liked the reflections it was creating.
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Mirrored Color

Smooth Wisconsin lake, total silence and a colorful dawn.
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Fireball Rising

Almost impossible to photograph the sun without clouds. Even with their help I have to lower the amount of light coming into the camera. This reduces the light everywhere except the the sun, and its reflection. The fisherman floated by at just the right moment to make for a much more interesting photo.
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Wisconsin Sunrise

Taken over Pewaukee Lake towards Lake Michigan which is about 50 miles away.
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Green Flash

You may have heard of the green flash in Key West. Per Wikipedia: When the conditions are right, a distinct green spot is briefly visible above the upper rim of the Sun's disk; the green appearance usually lasts for no more than two seconds. One evening I took a fast series of photos when it actually appeared (pure luck). Anyway, here's the authentic, elusive green flask.
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Foggy fishing

Wisconsin sunrise through a heavy layer of fog.
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Sundown Key West

Looking south towards Cuba the sun is setting to my right. The sunset was nothing photo worthy but it nicely lit up this southernly direction.
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Tropical

Sunset Key West FL
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Stormy Sunrise

Sun was rising behind my left shoulder while this lightning show was performing over the Gulf of Mexico.
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Sunrise Palms

A few strands of christmas lights, palms against a nice sunrise made for a pretty sight.
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A Sunset from Sunset Key

Sunset Key is a 10 minute ferry ride from the Key West mainland.
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Simple Sunset

Key West sunsets are wonderful and even the simple ones are nice if you throw in a couple palm trees.
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Sunset Key

Standing on Sunset Key, which is a short 1/4 mile ferry ride from mainland Key West FL, I'm able to take some wonderful sunset photos from the beach.
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New Day Comes

Back on Pewaukee Lake
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Key West Sunset

These usually happen when I don't have a camera.
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Sky on fire

Another brilliant key West sunset.
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Harbor Shower

Small shower moving over the Key West harbor.
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Glad I was home

And I did not do any color enhancment.
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Unusual One

This is an unusual sunrise and the reflection in the lake really enhances it.
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Up-close sunset

Standing on the beach last week photographing a Key West sunset the sky looked wild as the sun moved below the horizon. I had a strong lens on the camera so I just zoomed in close and this is what the camera saw.
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Dawn color

Nice color and clouds mirrored by Pewaukee Lake Wisconsin.
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Light Painting

Pewaukee Lake WI
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Setting sun

Glad I had my camera for this one.
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Look Up

Standing at the bottom of a slot canyon in AZ about noon. The sun lights up the sandstone but blocks the bright sun making for interesting photos. ISO50 Leica 35mm f/16 8 seconds.
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Enterprise

One very cold morning we drove over the mountains you see in the distance. Here in Enterprise NV it's flat endless hay fields. This sunrise was beautiful, lighting up ground fog/haze and the vegetation picked up the sky color as it was frost white. My fingers froze working the camera quickly to capture this.
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Key West

Land of wonderful sunsets.
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Melting Sun

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Slot Canyon

In Page AZ there are some fine slot canyons on the reservations. Some have relatively easy access but some require negotiating ladders and steps. When the sun is high in the sky the Navajo sandstone lights up in different shades of red and golds. It's hard not to take a good photo in these canyons as long as you have a camera that allows lots of light to enter as it's rather dark at these depths.
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Key West Sunset

I use a strong telephoto lens it brings the sun closer making it appear large. This is only possible if there's adequate cloud/haze coverage combined with a dark filter on the lens otherwise the intensity of light overpowers the lens, camera and eye.
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Foggy Morning

Above the cloud bank over Lake Michigan and through the fog.
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Sky sun water Art

Every morning is so different. Because it's dark at that hour I will leave the shutter open for as long as a minute to let what little light there is, soak into the camera's sensor.
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Rich Color

WI Sunrise...color like this is extremely rae
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An interesting photo

This photo file is 87MB which means crystal clear resolution. When uploaded to this site you are looking at 106KB. Though not very sharp you can still make out those dark spots on the sun. The sun is so bright it overpowers a camera like our eyes if you try to look at it. In this rare case there was just enough cloud/haze that it could be easily photographed but not strong enough to hide those dark areas which are sunspots! Anyway, I think that's pretty amazing that we can see them in this photo.
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Foggy Sunrise

Used a long lens to pull the island closer in this very foggy, golden morning light in Wisconsin.
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Sky Fire

Slow fireworks it is....
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Good Morning

Cloud frame
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Sunrise Spectacular

Color Explosion at Dawn. When taking sunrise photos I leave my shutter open to capture the low light but when the tiniest amount of pure sun breaches I have to quickly change the camera settings or it will overpower the camera sensor.
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Sunset with interesting lighting

Key West Sunset
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Foggy Fishing

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Sunrise from the deck

While crossing Lake Michigan
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Sunset watching

As their ship heads out to sea
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Sunset Sail

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Dawn Fireworks

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Tropical Sunset

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Sunset Sail

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Sunrise Celebration

Nature paints and reflects a beautiful sunrise on a lake in Wisconsin.
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Sunset Sailing

The tower is a channel marker
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Crossing Lake Michigan at Sunrise

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Key West Sunset

Behind a channel marker.
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Sunrise

Wisconsin
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Goodnight

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Pewaukee Lake WI

Wisconsin Morn
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Hope

Sunrise Wisconsin
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Bahia Honda Sunset

Sunset behind Flagler railroad bridge -Bahia Honda State Park FL
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Sunrise Glow

Good Morning