Charlie and the Photography Factory

April 27, 2009

Sunrise in Jönköping

Filed under: Jönköping, Sweden — Tags: , , , , , — charlieprator @ 2:59 AM


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Welcome to Charlie Prator’s first post.  Thank you for visiting! 

I plan to post 1 photo a day, and will try my best to keep up with that requirement.    Although, I am not much of a routine-guy. We will see.  Please post comments, critiques, points of improvement, anything! 

As for this first photo, it should’ve been posted last Friday.  However, in my post-zero-sleep state at 6:00AM I found I couldn’t write more coherent than ex-President Bush could speak his speeches. So, I decided to wait.  But, this photo has a little specialty about it for two reasons.  One, I can freely see this view almost anytime because it happens to be on the cliff literally 50 feet behind our house.  And, it was the first sunrise I had ever seen in Sweden.   

Incidentally, when trying to write this post last Friday morning I was almost forced to post the picture. Let me paint a picture.

It’s 4:00AM in Jönköping.  I, laying in my bed for the last 2 hours, have been trying to get shut eye with zero success. And, wonderful Scandanavia, being located so far North, has the sun rise at 4:00AM nowadays (yea, and it’s only going to get worse).  So, what begins at sunrise? Birds chirping! Loudly, outside my window.  At this point, I felt it was a sign to just quit and get some work done. Cue my sleep-deprived blog post. And, as I am writing it the sun, 93 million miles away, is shining gloriously through the balcony window to the right of me. It slowly warms my right side. Drenching  my desk and face with light and warmth, and I think to my deslusional self, “How crazy that this star being so far away is, still, toasting the skin of my arm?”   To cherry the top, I am jamming to “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” (Shout-out to Kristin!) by Otis Redding, which begins “Sitting in the morning sun…”

At this point, I knew I had to post this as my first picture.  Fits the situation just right, huh?

This photo is an HDR.  And, if you’ve talked to me recently you’ve heard me ramble on about it.  Hope you enjoy it, and, again, thanks for visiting.


P.S. To see more awesome HDR photos, and follow one of my idols in photography (also, a native Texan): – Trey Ratcliff



  1. Yep, the sun is awesome and you know what else is awesome, that when where having your sunrise my day was ending and I was going to bed. Keep posting from the future dude. I like the picture, but could you try one with a tree directly in front of the sunrise.

    Comment by ketfu06 — April 27, 2009 @ 4:11 AM

  2. The pictures are wonderful, Charlie! Keep up with the good work and take lots of more awesome pictures.


    Comment by Gladys Prator — April 28, 2009 @ 10:25 PM

  3. Sunset has always been my favorite time of the day,the sky is calm and colorful. But you did an amazing job catching it rise. The colors are sharp and exciting… I am glad to see your very early wake up call was well spent.
    Great job Charlie

    Comment by Sara Elin — May 9, 2009 @ 1:28 AM

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