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Sunrise and Sunset | Raining Red Roses Photo Shoot

December 27, 2017
Raining Red Roses at Davenport

Sunrise and Sunset | Raining Red Roses
                                                 with Sinde

Why is it that sunrise and sunset look so different when all it is, is light at a different time of the day? Can you tell the difference if you wake up one day comatose and confuse and ask yourself what time it is? 

Asian girl in red dress bokeh portrait. Sunset and Sunrise

Sunset and Sunrise with Sinde at Davenport

Contemplating this scenario while gazing at dusk or dawn, some might feel as if we could.
But in real life, it’s impossible to completely divorce our perceptions of time. So, is there any way to distinguish an upward-trending sun from a downward one?
At sunset, our eyes are daylight adapted and may even be a bit weary from the day’s toil. 
As the light fades, we cannot adapt as fast as the sky darkens.
Some hues may perceived in a manner peculiar to sunset.
At sunrise, the night’s darkness leave us with very acute night vision, so every faint, minor change in the sky’s color is evident. In short, you may perceive more colors at dawn than at dusk.

It’s a matter of opinion

It’s a matter of opinion whether pollution or a lack of it makes for prettier twilights. At dawn, clearer skies enable more brilliant reds and oranges. These colors make their way through the atmosphere and to your eyes.  Whereas thicker atmospheres at dusk tend to dull these colors. This leads to more wash-out sunsets, but more dust and smog can have the effect of scattering light across a greater region of the sky
Asian girl in red with raining roses and red flowing dress

Red drapery inspired by “Hero” starring Jet Li.

This creates a larger drape of colors, whereas sunrise colors tend to be more focused around the sun. Whichever you prefer, you can tell a sunrise from a sunset by the fact that the latter appears more chaotic, and the former, tidier.
This short article by Natalie Wolchover  is to convey the sense of cooler morning light that I portray in my morning shoot, Raining Red Roses.                                                                                                                                                                       

Raining Red Roses

To achieve this shot of raining red roses we choose between Sunrise and Sunset to create our mood.  Sinde and I woke up 5:00 AM in the morning to catch the  sunrise at Davenport.  Davenport is a gorgeous beach port located in Santa Cruz, California. I recommend this place for anyone visiting outside the Bay Area.

Asian girl in red dress and refractive spiderwebsWe use a red roses dress and petals from a store near by. 

For this instance, we only buy one small case of roses which is about three handfuls.

To get the Raining Red Roses, we time it with our flash and catch it while it falls.  The roses are then duplicated in Photoshop to give our photo shoot this visceral look of Raining Red Roses.
Would the look of this shoot matter whether I shoot at Sunrise or Sunset?  It does, but I can’t tell you if I like it more or less, but it definitely give you a much cooler feeling.


It is Raining Red Roses in December
and I have a quote for you.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched…
they must be felt with the heart.” – Hellen Keller



PhotographerResilience Pictures by Andy Tu
Athlete: Sinde Torres
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