Most photographers take pictures to make a living or to enjoy the moment. No matter what your reason is why you are into photography, it should not affect your ability to capture breathtaking photos. If you are doing photography without passion, your pictures may not have strong emotion to portray to your audience. Thus, your photos may just look shallow to others.
A picture, no matter how simple or creative it may look like, you should always find a good meaning behind it. Whether it’s anger, sadness, amazement or joy, a photo should display strong emotion to its audience to connect.
Sunrise, for example, can be described in many words. Amazing, impressive or even breathtaking. A beautiful photograph of sunrise automatically connects with the audience with positive intent.
In this article, I will share what I realized after looking at the sunrise photos from my work way back in 2014. There are four ways in which taking these photos enriched my life, and I’d like to share the inspiration with you.
1. A moment of relaxation
Every time I look at the window during work hours, what I usually see is buildings. I don’t find it enjoyable to stare outside in the afternoon. But I always do before the sun rises. It is around 5:30 in the morning where everyone else is preparing to go to work or school.
The experience it gives me is very relaxing; to the point, you never want the time to move. With most people living in the city, seeing how beautiful nature can be is breathtaking. Because we rarely see it with our own eyes compared to people living close to nature or in the rural area.
2. Sharing a moment with someone special
Not everyone can wake up before the sun rises. They probably have their reason why: not everyone is a morning person. Photographing sunrise is not only for pleasure, but it is also a great experience to share with someone close to you.
While you can’t always experience the moment of sunrise physically with people you love, you can always find a way to share online. Social media nowadays have made things easy for us to connect and share experiences to the world. And if you wake up at dawn, before your loved one, you can take photos and save the moment for him or her when they wake up.
3. It helps you de-stress
We all get stressed and need to find a way to de-stress. Some people eat to relieve stress. But I look at the sunrise to do it. Most of the times, this help me forget the reason why I felt stressed in the first place. But this is just not about de-stressing. It’s about enjoying the beauty of another day. After all, a new day is a new beginning.
4. It gives you amazement
I love nature. I always wake up early, even on weekends. I do this because I live in the city throughout the week and I go back to my hometown to spend the weekend. But the main reason I do it is that I want to feel the ambience of the morning. Who doesn’t like that?
I always get excited to stare at the sunrise from my workplace and see how stunning it is. It never fails to amaze me. Most people tend to forget the beauty of nature, and sometimes I get to ask myself why are we destroying it into pieces? You never know when will be the last time you’ll see a great moment so we better save some while we can.
You don’t need to be an expert photographer to capture great pictures. You also don’t need to use expensive cameras to have a masterpiece. Though, there are some you can choose from. What you need to have is passion, dedication and big inspiration you can use to get the best angle, spot and moment to take the picture.
About the Author
Joseph Cruz is a hobbyist photographer from the Philippines. He appreciates the value of saving moments through taking pictures. He spends most of his time at work, but he manages to find a way to photograph stunning moments in each of his days.
Joseph is still relatively new to displaying his work, but you can see some of it on his blog.