mountain sunrise in Motosu

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    Sunrise as seen in Motosu, Gifu, Japan

    I turned 43 the day I took this photo. Sunrise here is getting earlier and earlier. I've been thinking that this might be the last time to come up here until the fall. I had to get up at 4:45am to get this shot. As much as I like it here, old man Cairns needs to get his sleep.

    These are the colours captured by the camera with saturation, vibrancy, and a little sharpening added.

    Press L because everything looks better on black.

    Three D Photography, fuji_o, and 23 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. jasbond007 49 months ago | reply

      Excellent, Stephen. Happy Birthday!!!

    2. StephenCairns 49 months ago | reply

      Thanks Jason. Seems like you became a grandfather. Congratulations.

    3. der.bär 49 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot. Really very well done!

    4. Michael Lim ( I am off for a while, take care!) [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      Love the color and simple scene. Feel the peacefulness of the surrounding. Were you alone or others were there too?

    5. Michael Lim ( I am off for a while, take care!) [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      Had seen pictures like yours, distance mountains like active dragons in motion but never tried to climb that high myself. I am older than you need sleep and also strength. I got a shot something similar through an airplane window last year. Will post it later.

    6. BOGMOL - Ron 49 months ago | reply

      Excellent composition . . . the mountains draw my eye to the sun which in turn has bands of wispy clouds adding to the allure of your image.

    7. bachullus ♥ © 49 months ago | reply

      This is incredibly beautiful picture.

    8. Three D Photography 49 months ago | reply

      just love the gradient layers of light and color here. the gradual fade from black to blue to pink to orange. nicely seen.

    9. Utatane Cafe 49 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot. I love this tones and colours!!

    10. Yuji_in_Paris 49 months ago | reply

      Your birthday is 29 of March? Happy Birthday!
      I honestly feel so happy to know a talented photographer who captures the beauty in Japan!

    11. StephenCairns 49 months ago | reply

      Yuji, I appreciate that comment. I've lived here for a total of 13 years now and I'm constantly finding things that surprise me with their beauty. It's a great place.

    12. 49 months ago | reply

      Beauty and serenity...
      Beautiful composition. wonderful soft layers of light.

    13. Rod-A [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      Well.. I'd say: really right timing ;-)

    14. Eyecandi - Rob Hawke 49 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot, the layered mountains are excellent.

    15. Des Daly 49 months ago | reply

      wow, the layers are outstanding.

    16. Devin Dong 49 months ago | reply

      the view is magical!

    17. c'lamson (off/on) 49 months ago | reply

      love this series you did.... i love the layers of colors.... happy belated birthday :) you're still pretty young, compared to me LOL.

    18. __cpk__ 45 months ago | reply


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