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Early mornings Florida style

November 01, 2015

20151024 Jeff Franko PARADISE SURF SUN20151024 Jeff Franko PARADISE SURF SUNJoshua watches the sun rise, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne, Fla. (Jeff Franko Photography)

I hit the beach well before dawn on a recent morning to photograph sunrise and experiment with the visual effect of long exposures in capturing the motion of the surf.

The nearly full moon had yet to set and provided a wonderful glow that only it can offer.

Taking a slight departure here, I first hiked under moonlight in Arches National Park after photographing Delicate Arch nearing sunset. This was summer of 1985. I'd met a couple there from California who photographed and hiked at night. We hung out and chatted a while, then hiked out well after sunset. It was awesome to realize the level of light provide by the moon when out in the remote desert. I still think of that time and wonder what happened to those folks. As I recall they were preparing for a big trip to photograph an astronomy event. Perhaps the total lunar eclipse in October of that year.

I still find joy in seeing my moon shadow. And even more joy the first time I showed the grandkids their moon shadow in Galesville, Md.

Back to my surf venture...

20151024 Jeff Franko PARADISE SURF SUN20151024 Jeff Franko PARADISE SURF SUNJoshua watches the sun rise, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne, Fla. (Jeff Franko Photography)

I was surprised to see a couple surfers in the water already.

As the sun popped up and the start of school approached, they made their way to shore where I was able to make a few photographs of them. Thanks for your time guys. And yep, if you need a note for being late to school, I'll happily write one for you both.

20151024 Jeff Franko PARADISE SURF SUN20151024 Jeff Franko PARADISE SURF SUNKevin watches the sun rise, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne, Fla. (Jeff Franko Photography)