NATURE :: Sunrise Do Over


Juno Beach Sunrise by Chip Bunnell PhotographyIt is no secret that sunrise is my most favorite part of the day. Unlike a single holiday, it is a celebration that happens 365 times a year. It is a time of excitement and filled with hope. Just like a massive curtain rising, the sunrise is the signal of the start to the world’s largest play.

Just think, within hours the morning sky slowly moves from cold dark blues to the introductions of warmer oranges and yellows. Almost as a powerful cleanser, the sunrise breaks through the darkness and allows us another try. In many respects, a sunrise wipes the slate clean and allows us to do today better than we did yesterday. Whether we look out and see a corn field in Kansas, a distant mountain range in Montana, a virtual sea of skyscrapers in Chicago or the flowing ocean of South Florida, we each have a new day and a new chance.

I made this image on one of the northern Palm Beaches. It was a quiet morning. The clouds gave a defusement to the rising sun while adding interest beyond the ocean’s edge. The pier adds a man-made element that directs your eye to explore the frame.

Regardless of the trials and tribulations we experience during any given day, there is comfort in knowing the sun will rise again. Like when we played as children, a “do over” is allowed…if we allow it.

Single Frame, Processed in LR

PORTRAIT :: High Steel


High Steel Construction Workers by Chip Bunnell Photography

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It has been said that if you want to hide something, simply hang it above people as they never look up. The typical human world is viewed by looking straight ahead. Occasionally we look down to make sure we don’t trip. Maybe we look left or right when called, but our field of vision is focused at eye level. With a camera in hand, my goal is to find the sights and angles others do not see. It feels as though this opens a new world of sights and surprises that many others never know is happening. A walk through downtown Miami afforded me a chance to once again prove this fact.

Miami is again in a cycle of revitalization and growth. Old buildings are getting a good old fashion South Florida facelift while others are being born right before our eyes. On the ground, ugly barricades and dark mess securing the area are the normal scene. High above, well that’s where the real action is happening! Add a long lens and you almost feel like you are part of another world. Tiny details become real as you are teleported from the ground to a new level high above the street.

This particular building is in the early stages of its long life. Tons of rebar are connected to form the rigid skeleton of the new high-rise. Like yellow spiders, these workers scurried up and down, side to side as they performed tasks that are critical to the future building’s success. Small wires tie together steel bars. Bunches of steel bars are attached to larger frames of wire panels. Layers of panels are connected to even more steel as they slowly and meticulously  build their towering creation.

Soon, the spiders will have moved on. Concrete will have covered their grid masterpiece. What they spent weeks or months completing will never be seen again. Years later, the city will welcome the newest addition to the skyline. Only they, and the lucky few that looked up on that sunny Saturday afternoon, will remember how the yellow spiders’ skills in weaving their high steel web made it possible for many others to have freshly painted offices, the smell of new carpets and a wonderful view.

Single Image, Processed in LR and Topaz Clarity