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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Sunrise

Friendly Friday Photography Challenge


If you have been following Friendly Friday for a while, you might recognize a similar photograph to the one below, from one of our previous Friendly Friday photo challenges – ‘Between the Lines.’

The Golden hour is a wonderful study for budding photographers. Sometimes sunrises appears best shot with a warm glow and other times with cooler tones, as seen below.

This surfer has the best view of the sunrise as he waits for the right wave.

lone surfboard rider in the morning surf

Sunrise is the Earth’s golden hour. It is manner from heaven for photographers, especially with the light reflecting in the clouds.

I am at heart, a morning person, so it is relatively easy for me to be ready with mobile phone or camera, before the sun gets up.

The reward is seeing a sunrise like this: –

Early morning sunrise photography

The time it took for this fiery yellow ball, (we all depend on), to move over the horizon in this photo, was less than two precious minutes, yet it was enough time to energize me and fill me with positive anticipation for the day ahead.

Near the Tin can Bay Dolphins

Have you noticed that special light at this time of the morning?

It’s an in-between time, not fully formed daytime, and definitely not the dark side of night. Sunrise is a time of transition, of change, of movement into a new reality. A new day full of optimism and hope.

Magic and Promise

Sunrises are, however, a little more challenging for photographers to capture correctly. And I am no expert. I shoot for my own personal satisfaction and preference.

Shooting into the sun of the morning produces varied results

Early morning light tends to be cooler (higher blue) than light in the late evening, which leans toward more warm color castings consisting of orange and red.

You can find the quote on sunrise photography and further photographic tips here.

Friendly Friday Weekly Photo Prompt


Let’s share some wonderful sunrises from around the world on Friendly Friday!

Post a comment below and include our ping-back in your post, so I can find your entry.

This photography challenge is posted every Friday by

Amanda from Something to Ponder About, and

Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to find further instructions on how to join in with Friendly Friday .

Friendly Friday

How to Join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Sunrise,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging your post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Include the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the URL for your published Friendly Friday post, in the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Enjoy seeing other Friendly Friday participant’s entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the Friendly Friday blogger hosts, to see future prompts.

Something to Ponder About

The Snow Melts Somewhere

Please note we do not have deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

121 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Sunrise”

    1. So you like the harbour shot – that is a surprise, Snow. I would have picked you as a beach fan, for sure.
      Yes I should have mentioned to check your blog next week, a bit more directly. Do you eant me to update? I am away from home on my phone atm so a bit harder to post.
      It is funny how our body clocks are set one way or the other. The MOTH is in your camp too!! Perhaps your boys will change your preference?

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    1. So soft and delicate hues in that picture, Graham. It was lovely to see it. I hope it made your commute more pleasant. Did you survive the storm okay?


  1. Sunrises and sunsets are among the most beautiful of natural phenomena, especially over large bodies of water. Have you ever seen Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film “Barry Lyndon”? He had his cinematographer photograph everything using only natural light; which would be challenging even now, given all the special effects available to filmmakers. They filmed several scenes during sunrise – and I believe even a couple of sunsets – because the yellowish-gold color of the light is closer to the horizon. (If you’re familiar with Kubrick’s work, you know he had a fetish for tones in the yellow-gold spectrum.) But the results are extraordinary. That sunrise or sunset type of light accentuates everything in a unique manner.


    1. I can see you understand about my feelings for the light at sunrise. It is so very special.
      I feel like I may have seen that film Barry Lyndon, but didn’t know about its significance, Alejandro. So thanks so much for letting me know. I will make a point of seeing it if it comes around – although I don’t seek out too many movies these days. Kubrick I am familiar with, but again didn’t know of his fetish. I can remember plenty of gold in Eyes Wide Shut. What about A Clockwork Orange? I remember lots of white in that and 2001 Space Odyssey.


      1. “Barry Lyndon” is an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel in which a young, naïve Irishman evolves into a duplicitous scoundrel. Ryan O’Neal portrayed the story’s title character. It’s somewhat monotonous, but the costumes, art direction and overall cinematography are extraordinary. Because he wanted all-natural light to be the only light source, interior scenes became challenging; especially at night where candles were the only source of illumination. He had a special camera lens manufactured with a wide enough aperture to allow candle and moonlight to register images on the film. The lens was huge!

        I’m a big Kubrick fan, although I don’t believe he was truly appreciated during his lifetime. In most of his films, lamps and other light fixtures weren’t just part of the set; they were actual sources of light. I really don’t know of any other director who has done that or does that now. “Barry Lyndon” is one of my favorite films, but only because of the photography. I also like “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining”. Malcom McDowell and Jack Nicholson in the latter two are wickedly good. Kubrick allegedly shot over 1 million feet (304,800m) of film for “The Shining”.

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        1. That is some stats on The Shining. That is the one in Canada over winter at the hotel isn’t it? With the twins? I am sure I have seen it and I recall Jack Nicholson as always gives a great, performance. Even if his characters aren’t always likeable. I have a friend who is a big fan of the Clockwork Orange and it was huge here, for years. I remember seeing it at the Drive-in where it had been playing for about 6 years straight I think. I don’t really like it as I detest films that combine sex and violence. It makes me hard to see the worth of a story and a Director who wants to portray that to the mass audience. That is also why I have been put off a lot of American dramas. Gratuitous violence and the slow-mo replays of violent acts. I just can’t and don’t want to watch them anymore. That started me on the road to watching NOrdic Noir, which is tamer in the violence depicted, Now I find the plots of the latter less predictable. My apologies Alejandro, I don’t want to bag American films and I have seen some great ones from America too. Even those with some level of violence. Inglorious Bastards was excellent, but perhaps that is because I am a history buff. Was the King’s Speech american/british?


          1. The sex and violence depicted in “A Clockwork Orange” is a criticism of what was then society’s growing combination of the 2 in cinema. (It came out in 1971.) In “The Shining”, the Overlook Hotel in Colorado inspired Stephen King’s book, but the Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood in Oregon, U.S., stood in for the exterior shots. The interior scenes were film in London.

            I have to agree with you, Amanda, about the propensity for violence in American films. That’s been one of my biggest grievances. The U.S. cinematic industry has some of the most advanced filmmaking techniques in the world, yet they’re used predominantly for special visual effects and to illustrate extreme violence. I’ve often said the U.S. film community has it backwards when it comes to what’s obscene: violence seems okay, but nudity and sexuality are considered vulgar. Is that messed up, or what?!

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            1. Yes – it is messed up. Their priorities are terribly skewed, but then again, there is increased erosion of what constitutes the “norm” that perhaps they are playing to what they think are the pecadillos of the aberrant masses?


    1. oh thank you! I think that photo works because of the lack of cloud, on the immediate horizon and the balcony frames the shot somewhat. Thanks ever so much for joining Friendly Friday.

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        1. Indeed. I always go for a walk first thing in the morning. It wakes me up and gets my energy up for the day. Plus the Schnauzer needs to be walked, most mornings. When I am at the beach, my husband sleeps in, but how could I not get up when I am rewarded with these kinds of sights. Did you notice in one of the photos, the lady?? on the surfboard with her arms up in a V shape. She let out a squeal of excitement when the sun emerged over the horizon! She is obviously a morning person too.

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          1. I love this attitude – but I would take your husband’s side)) Even I drag myself out of bad early, I don’t feel alive for first couple of hours. In the evening for the opposite… 😆
            It is great to have a beach so close! It makes the sunrises more meaningful than in the city))

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            1. I quite understand if you body clock works differently. I really do think having children changes a lot of body chemistry – body clock, balance, hormones etc. So enjoy your sleep ins! I suspect you stay up later than me in the evening. Which can be a problem if you go to see a late movie with friends and if the movie is boring, I might nod off a bit….. ugh!

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              1. That may be true! I didn’t think of children, but they definitely restructure the life. And maybe the body chemistry too))
                Oh, hehe, I have never a problem of staying up late. These are two major battles for a B person: to force myself to go to bed earlier – and to force to get out of bed in the morning 😆

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  2. I can only imagine how good it must feel to be sitting on a board floating on the sea as the morning dawns, and the sun pops up on the horizon. (That’s providing no fins appear close by. – which would be ever on my mind). I’ll let you know when I’ve posted on this wonderful theme.

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    1. Hey Chris, Great to hear from you again. I have never been interested in surfing but I can see why it would be attractive given the magnificent sight when the sun comes up. But I would be the one paddling in the shallows or sitting on the sand, watching for fins.
      Mind you, these surfers are protected by shark nets, which you don’t have over your way, do you?
      Did you see the surfer with her hands held up almost in a V in the third last shot?
      She was very excited about the sunrise!

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    1. You have posted some spectacular photos, Chris. The sunrises over the land are equally as entrancing as the water, but the sunrise over the jetty is outstanding. You should print that out on a large canvas and hang it on your wall in your re-decorated room. It is very “coastal.”


      1. Thanks Amanda. We do have some of our photos as full sized art work on the walls, but mainly blue oceans and white sands. I love the colours of sunsets and sunrises but they’re not my preferred colours for decorating.

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          1. Yes. We did hang a couple of sunset prints, that we’d taken put onto canvas, in one of the spare rooms. The cooler colours of blue skies over turquoise waters tends to look better though, so we’ve since passed those on to a friend. Her house has lots of blue and terracotta, so they look good on her walls, and we still get to see them.

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  3. Not sleeping well can mean getting up is harder than usual. The MOTH finds it difficult for much the same reason, although he has always enjoyed sleeping in…..


    1. What a delight your post was to read, Pooja. I hope lots of bloggers stop by to see those very special sunrises. It musty hacer been such a thrill to see. The Tatras and the Annapurnas – what a combination!!

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  4. Lovely!!!
    I live far enough north (in Norway) that the sunrise can be insanely early or fairly late. I can’t wait until fall when sunrise (and sunsets) come closer to the time I get up. 😉

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  5. How lovely Amanda! All your shots are beautiful and I especially like the one where the rays seem to dance on the water (the second from last). I am not a morning person at all and that can be an issue with capturing sunrises 😉 But as you have truly said, the golden hour is truly mesmerizing! thanks for another wonderful prompt. Have a happy week:)
    Here’s my contribution-https://acacophonouslife.com/2019/08/05/friendly-friday-photo-challenge-sunrise/

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    1. It is funny that you pick that one Moon, as I think that one is rather special too. I love the lines the rays make in the photo. It is like a fraction of a second of time, caught forever for us to see. Thanks for joining in on the Friendly Friday photo challenge

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      1. You are welcome, Amanda! I’m doing okay. I’ve been feeling stressed out from all the nastiness, name-calling and hatred spewed around this country. It’s very unnerving to me which is why I needed some quiet time. I will be back shortly. Your sunrise photos inspired me to make it over to the mountain one day early enough to catch the sun rising behind Mount Hood.

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        1. Oh I am so very glad to hear that you got to see the sun rising! It is a revitalising way to start the day! There is a lot of unrest and trouble in many places at the moment. Perhaps we are hearing about it more as it is deemed newsworthy. You are wise to take time out to ensure you are not internalising those worries about society. Hugs from me!

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          1. No, I haven’t seen the sun rising as it’s been overcast and even a bit rainy. But I’m watching for a clear morning! It’s true about problems percolating around the world. Seems like it’s becoming contagious! I hope all is well with you! 🙋

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            1. So you have a bit of a rainy summer this year, Sabine? Is that usual?
              And yes all is well. Lots of winter flu here so Amanda trying to steer clear of that. Lots of fruit and Vitamin C.

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              1. It seems a bit more cloudy than the last few years. When we first moved here, summer didn’t really get started until after the 4th of July. I think we might get an early fall! There are some leaves that are already turning!
                Stay healthy! 🙋

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  6. I like to see the sunrise most mornings – where possible. Of your pics, the Tin Can Bay one was my fave – I love the reflection of the clouds in the water.

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    1. Another blogger chose that photo too! Funnily enough, I thought that one would be the least favourite. The boats do add an element of interest to the photo. Thanks for your kind words, Joanne. Would you like to to join in with one of our prompts?

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    1. Thank you Jill. The first photo was exactly as you see it, as I have captioned it nofilter! The sunrises must be extra special for you when you do get up early! I loved seeing your post and hope to see you again here in two weeks. Over at Snow’s blog she has just posted a new theme.

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      1. Yes, the sunrises over the open ocean are sometimes spectacular. I sometimes see some good ones when I’m working nights. I was this hitch, but the weather was overcast, the entire month!
        I’ll go over and check it out. I’m stuck at the airport for another few hours and have good internet. 🙂

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  7. Oh, dear! Dawn is such a difficult time for me, Amanda! 😀
    (it’s very rare for me to experience one – at least at this time of year; later on in the winter it’s much easier – the sun gets up later then! 😀 )
    But your sunrises are so beautiful, one is tempted to set the alarm, just to experience that great magic and to feel truly reborn!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    The freshness and purity, hope and fascination, life’s jubilation at the generosity of light! The rebirth of colour in the world 😉 🙂 🙂
    Sundawn, on the other hand – is also absolutely gorgeous – and much more available! 😀
    Have a wonderful dawn, dear Amanda! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Sunsets, (eller solnedganger på norsk), are more readily available and how can we determine which it is from a photograph. However, I encourage you to try and see a few more, because I think you of all people will sense what I sense, that beauty and magical time when the day is reborn. Let me know if you do, Elena!

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      1. 🙂 I will be sure to, Amanda! I still remember a morning, some years back, when I happened to be walking by the lakes nearby. And the sun was just rising and thin mists were rising from the grass and the water, mingling like silvery threads of glittering silk in the cool air… 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, dear Amanda! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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        1. Photos are special to the photographer for many reasons. It might be nice to learn how to take better shots with a complex camera, but they are getting so complicated with all the ISO’s and features that you need to dedicate quite a bit of time to learn it. Time I have not got at present.

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          1. Oh, yes! I used to develop and print my own B&W photos. Took film photos until 2017, then I got a cheap digital camera and have never gone back. Digital photography makes anyone a photographer. With a little photo editing photos look really great!

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