Sunrises Until You Want to Scream

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I usually try to get my daily post off at the beginning of the day before disaster strikes. I didn’t make it today. Nobody is dying and there are no injuries, but otherwise what started out as a hectic but promising day including hard work in the morning and a dive with some very significant visitors in the afternoon turned out to be a day of interesting events (In the sense of the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times!”) which simultaneously led to both sadness that something so disgusting should happen and gratitude that it wasn’t much worse. Someday, when the dust has settled, I may tell you about it.

In the meantime, I’ll show you garish images until you feel like screaming, “Enough with the sunrises!”

Here is this morning’s immensely uninspiring sunrise:

Yawn . . .

I tried to doll it up with some cocount trees:

Hey, we’re getting a hint of some crepuscular rays. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .

Okay, how about if I put my dog, my lovely sweet mongrel, Sheba, in the sunrise?

Okay, I had to use a very low shutter speed, so one of her legs is blurred. She really does have four legs.

Now, let’s try it with my neighbor’s haus win:

A haus win  is a little platform on which one can sit with a roof overhead and enjoy the breeze without being fried by the tropical sun. It is also an excellent place for a nap, since the roof will protect you from falling coconuts knocking your head off.

Okay already, enough with the sunrises. I’ll show you a failed image of a Spotfin Lionfish (Pterois antennata)  which I love nevertheless:

I got this one on Saturday someplace. I can’t remember where. It’s all a blur. I was shooting down in a hole and I had to use a ridiculously slow shutter speed. Therefore the blurry fins. However, I love the look of the image. It implies motion. Heaven knows, we need motion. Otherwise we would all turn into Ice 9.*

As you may have gathered, I am rather zoned out at the moment. Others say, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” I say, “What doesn’t kill me gives me the giggles.”

Okay, here is my last desperate attempt to amuse you. If this doesn’t do it, I give up:

One might ask, “What is it?” And, this would be a perfectly reasonable question, if, in fact, there were any reason to be had. Is that too many commas?

Well, let me tell you what it is. It is a piece of metal off of The Green Dragon,  a B-25 bomber which regular readers will remember from many tiresome messages sent into the black hole of the web in times before. It has slept on the bottom of Tab Anchorage  near Wongat Island  since the year I was born.

And, it’s still shiny.

* See Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.

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9 Responses to “Sunrises Until You Want to Scream”

  1. kristy Says:

    Hi, Came across your site recently and have enjoyed exploring your past blogs. I have not found yet, what set up do you use to get your shots? I saw one blog about flash vs no flash. Do you still go no flash? How do you get the focus then?
    Great photos, thanks for sharing!

  2. Walt Says:

    Oh, it’s always nice to see some good sunrises, MadDog. It’s too mountainous around here to get the really good ones. I dug the Cat’s Cradle reference. Coincidentally I just received a copy from Amazon. I decided I should re-read it after more decades than I care to mention … it was my first exposure to Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve re-read a few others in recent years and found they still speak to me.

  3. MadDog Says:

    Kristy, I’ve been a photographer for a long time, so I guess I just have a feeling for light. Whenever possible, I prefer to shoot both on land and underwater without flash. I always shoot in the RAW mode, not JPG. This is critical for getting good underwater shots, because you can correct the colour temperature and tint in the Adobe Camera RAW filter before opening the image in Photoshop. I prefer the look of underwater images shot without flash, because my goal is not to show gaudy colours, but what the diver actually sees. The Canon G11 camera has a little light called a “focus assist” which comes on in low light conditions and shines out in front so that the camera can have enough light to focus.

    What kind of camera do you have? Maybe I can help you if you give me a little more information.

  4. MadDog Says:

    Life is full of weird coincidences, Walt. I myself am currently reading through my collection of Vonnegut. I started, as I have twice before, with Player Piano and I’m going through them in the published order. I’ll have to see how far I get this time, as his later stuff seemed to be getting stale. I’d be interested to know if you sensed the same trend. It was as if he was reaching for the glorious prose which he once penned, but couldn’t quite match it.

    I can remember sobbing through many passages of Vonnegut, especially in Slaughterhouse 5. When I think of the part when Billy Pilgrim “peed and peed” I still get a shiver in my soul. Words are wonderful things . . . magic.

  5. Steven Goodheart Says:

    Mmmmm, sunsets (in my best Homer Simpson, I love donuts voice…)

  6. MadDog Says:

    Steve, you’re obviously a masochist Buddhist.

  7. Steven Goodheart Says:

    :) :) When it comes to your photos, I am indeed a glutton for punishment!

    Thanks to Walt and you for mentioning Kurt V. (Jan, you’ve got my antennae going about him before, but I didn’t follow through)….it’s been way too long, I’ve got to get into the man….your comments inspire me….thanks.

  8. Walt Says:

    Yeah, I do agree with you about Vonnegut’s later stuff. I thought it started dropping off some time after Breakfast of Champions. Although I did find Galapagos to be kind of refreshing.

  9. MadDog Says:

    Walt, those are my thoughts exactly. Breakfast of Champions was the beginning of the end. I think that Galapagos is the only one which I have not read. I will have to see if I can find a copy – not many Vonnegut fans in Madang.