Autumnal Equinox 2018 – Munich

September 17 – I decided to do a dress rehearsal and was out looking for the street that ran due east and a place where I could get a good shot. However, anytime betweem 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. is not good to be cycing leisurely, looking for the angle of the shadows and where the sun is on the horizon. The streets are full of cyclists rushing to work or to school. Madness. Besides there aren’t many roads in Munich that run due east-west.

September 20 – Still looking for a good location to shoot the sun rising due east, this time without a street. This is in the Olympic Park. I managed to mess up the settings and the shutter speed on all of my shots, resulting in blur. How stupid. So I did some post processing to “fix” the photo. Not a great picture, but I did the ride at 7 a.m. and that was something. Maybe I wasn’t quite awake yet.

September 21 – Almost autumn equinox – my third try, and I figured probably my last since the weather forecast predicted clouds and rain for the 22nd and the 23rd. I had forgotten what a lovely time of day sunrise and the 15 to 20 minutes following it are. Everything is bathed in the most beautiful light.
No road but looking due east.

This was my favorite shot.

My long shadow looking to the west

This one inspired by Bill’s b&w shot – good solution for blown out pixels

September 22 – My last attempt. Again out at 7 a.m. but there wasn’t even a hint of pink on the horizon. Just grey clouds. The only warm glow came from the tail lights of the cars.

I didn’t even go out on September 23rd – rain, cold, cloudy. Next week some sunny days are predicted – I might just go out for a few more sunrise shots. It’s such a beautiful time of day – once you get out there.

The header image is the Olympia Soccer Stadium, not shooting due east and about 20 minutes after sunrise.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

5 response to "Autumnal Equinox 2018 – Munich"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: September 24, 2018

    That shot of your bike by the tree is indeed a beauty. But then again — most all of your photos are! Nice riding in the early morning. It is my favorite time to ride, but I seldom do it!

  2. By: gregblood Posted: September 24, 2018

    The featured photo almost looks like a painting–a perfect painting by a very skilled artist.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 24, 2018

    Great photos! Your favorite is mine too. Thanks!!

    There were a few rehearsals here too — so many in fact, a couple guys in white coats showed up inquiring about the state of my mental health — they had this jacket with reeeeeealy long sleeves…………………………

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