No one ever got blind from looking at the bright side.
For my March project, I set out to #capturethesunrise. I was inspired by photographer of Instagram username @capturethesunrise who took a picture of the sunrise everyday for one year. This was also in part a way for me to say goodbye to our apartment which faces the East and has a wonderful view of New York City.
I've posted my favorite shots below. Check them all out on Instagram #catcapturesthesunrise. If you do something similar, tag me so that I can give you some love.
Today, I took my last photo for this challenge. Since, this month is over, I thought I would do a retrospective. When I was a project manager and scrum master for technical development teams, a retrospective was a crucial part of the Agile sprint framework as it allowed the team to assess how they did and how they can approve. Retrospectives usually have three parts: what we did well, what we not do so well, what can be done to improve. I'm changing it slightly to be what I learned and what I would do next time if I was to do this again. It's a good way to look back and assess past actions.
What I Learned
- If rain is in the forecast, the sky will usually open up just briefly for the sun to peak and the colors are spectacular
- You don't need fancy camera equipment to take a beautiful shot. I used my iPhone 6 and the Snapseed app.
- The sun always rises no matter what
- The quoted sunrise time will vary depending on where you stand. A tall building can block the sun.
- Not enough people watch the sunrise especially those that live by the water and pay millions of dollars for their views
What I Would Do Next Time
- Invest in a phone tripod for steadier shots
- Scout out locations a bit more
- Do this again at a different season to see how the angles, colors and foreground change (ie. trees)