Sunrise on 49


Sunrise on 49 by Chip Bunnell Photography

To me, a new day does not begin or end at midnight. After all, 11:59P and 12:01A look pretty much the same. To me, a new day is waiting and watching with anticipation as the sun begins its daily journey. Once the top tip becomes a glowing, bright ball and its rays streak across my field of vision, that is a new day!

So goes it for the start of a new year. No, not the New Year everyone watches from Times Square. This is much less celebrated new year, but it is MY new year!

It started over 17,500 days ago when two loving parents brought me into this world. Beyond life and love, they gave me a sense of right and wrong, a desire to succeed, belief that God loves me, and support as I ventured into our shared world. I have definitely made my fair share of mistakes, and perhaps even a few extra, but the founding principles my parents instilled in me still guides me daily.

Over 2,000 days ago a beautiful, loving woman entered my life and allowed me to learn and grow even more. Roughly 1,100 days ago she agreed to become my bride.  While finding each other later in life, I am so truly grateful for her love and companionship.

I always have believed that the journey is sometimes, or even often, better than the destination. The next 365 days is a journey to MY next new year. I am excited at the adventures, thrills and encounters I will meet. While I am so unbelievably grateful for all I have experienced, I am even more excited to share the journey with others and see what comes next!

Let the adventure begin!

Photo Stuff: Single frame, Processed in LR, Topaz Clarity and Topaz Adjust 5
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Full Moon During Sunset


Full Moon During Sunset by Chip Bunnell Photography

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Once a month, there is one day that is my favorite for capturing interesting moon images.  Normally, everyone flocks outdoors to watch the full moon rise.  Don’t get me wrong, that is spectacular for sure.  I, however, am always looking for the moment others do not see.  For me, I rather enjoy the night before the “official” full moon.

“The night before the full moon”, you may ask?  Absolutely!  First, there are far less crowds which makes it easier to work the scene for the best image.  But even greater, it is the one night a month that you can see both the rich, golden colors of the sunset while, at the same time, watch the moon quietly rise with a stealth-like entrance.  But be warned, even with an eye trained on the exact right point of the horizon at the exact right time, you must look closely or you may miss the beginning of its rise.

I captured this moment just minutes after the moon was barely visible.  A single seagull flying over head, searching for its dinner, added the perfect element as it passed through the upper profile of the star of this evening’s show.  People on the pier, already well engaged on their weekend fun, added the human bond to this magical moment in nature.

Photo Stuff:  Single frame, processed in LR, Topaz Clarity and Nik Analog Efex Pro 2.
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