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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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-

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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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            2. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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