CA Capital at Sunrise


CA State Capital at sunrise by Chip Bunnell Photography

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To me, there is no better time of day than sunrise. It is the start of the new dreams and all the slates are wiped clean from the previous. Mix in my city-boy roots and you have the love for photographying the streets on a weekend morning. Gone are the crowds of people and virtual parking lots of cars on the main roads. Calm and a brief feeling of openness fills the void. As an unpublished bonus, if you happen to look in just the right direction, at just the right time, you get a truly colorful treat in the urban sunrise sky.

A recent family trip took me to the state capital of California, Sacramento. With nothing more than a goal of seeing a unique bridge over the river and a GPS I headed out into the darkness. I was lucky to find a parking garage right across the street from the bridge with an empty spot right in the front – another bonus to photographing when most are fast asleep. As I stood at the corner waiting to cross, I looked to the right and then to the left (yes kids, look both ways before crossing the street) and saw one of the most amazing skies I have seen in years! From fiery reds to cool blues, it seemed as though a giant paint brush used just about every rich color in the pallet. The State Capital building stood as a brightly lit marker to draw my focus. I quickly positioned my tripod and made several frames from various angles, hoping that even a small piece of what I was witnessing could be captured.

Within a few short minutes the magical explosion of color faded and I moved on to my primary destination. Sometimes you are in just the right spot at the right time. That day I was, and that moment will live on in my archives to remind me of that powerful view.

Photo Stuff:  Single frame on a tripod, Processed in LR, PS and Topaz Adjust 5
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Ferraris in Palm Beach


Red Ferrari by Chip Bunnell Photography

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Ever since Thomas Magnum raced on to the small screen in his famous red 308, I have had a love, appreciation and admiration for the work of Enzo Ferrari and his team of master craftsmen. Yes, their automobiles will get you from point A to B, but it is much, much more than that. They get you there in uniquely Italian style and class! When you arrive, you have a mixed feeling of profound sadness that your drive is over, shaken with a heavy dose of excitement to share your rolling art with those that greet you. Even though each model would be a treat to own, there are still those that rise to the top in this elite class of motor-masterpieces. I was fortunate enough to witness this year’s gathering in person!

Each year, for 5 brief days, Ferrari owners from around the country and beyond, descend on Palm Beach to enjoy the Cavallino Classic. They bring their daily drivers as well as examples that only see the light of day once a year. Others, who only dream of owning a piece of rolling-art (that’s where I come in), are equally as welcome to look and take in the feel of track days as these remarkable machines carve the corners. Brand new models that have never been seen locally in person as well as historic, 1-of-a-kind Le Mans winners are lined up. No ropes or guards keep you away…only your respect creates a inpenetrable barrier refraining your touch of these truly beautiful creations.

This image shows one of the many rare treats we enjoyed on that sunny South Florida day. Even in the land of excessive wealth and high-priced toys, the fiery red marvels still turned every head and did not disappoint.

Photo Stuff: Single image, processed in LR and PS
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