Sleepless in Cleveland

Early AM Skyline

Early AM Skyline

One day last week I found myself laying in bed all night unable to fall asleep.  Finally at 4:00 AM I gave up and decided to get out of bed, get in the car and take a ride.  I took my camera gear thinking I might wind up somewhere photo worthy and after stopping for coffee and a couple of doughnuts I decided to head into Cleveland and try to photograph the sunrise from Edgewater Park on the west side of the city.  It’s quite a distance to the city skyline from the fishing pier at Edgewater Park, so I mounted a Tamron 200-500 mm lens on the camera, mounted it all on a tripod and waited.  While waiting I shot jets and seagulls flying over, the sky was already light and light blue.

I finally got some nice shots as clouds moved by and past the tall downtown office buildings.  The shot above also has some creative effects which added to the warm orange glow and the dark clouds and foreground.

I always try to look around me when shooting.  A lesson I always teach in my classes as well.  While doing so I noticed a nice clear moon behind me and decided to take a few shots, even though it was daylight.  I hadn’t gotten any super moon shots the week before and hadn’t done any of the moon in quite awhile so thought while I had the 200-500 on the camera, why not?  Well, unknowingly at first, I was amazed!

Morning Moon

Morning Moon

When I looked at the tiny thumbnail of the moon on the cameras LCD screen I didn’t think much of it.  I shot it at a number of exposures starting with the real look of daylight and light blue sky and gradually darkening my exposures to be able to see the features of the face of the moon.  I finally came to this image, darkened considerably, and enlarged it on the LCD screen.  Wow!  I suddenly saw incredible detail and knew my morning had been successful.  I could wait to get home, download and see this photo on the computer monitor!  I was not disappointed, the detail I had captured was breathtaking!  It looked like something from NASA.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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8 Responses to Sleepless in Cleveland

  1. 1222cc says:

    Kolman–You’re astonishing. As usual.



  2. John Earl Brown says:

    The skyline photo is a beautiful composition!! Very nice work!


  3. Patricia, Wellington Ohio says:

    Right place, right time and wow! That is what I call magic. Great photographs both of them…


  4. What a great way to end a sleepless night! Kolman, the next time I can’t sleep, I should follow your example — get into the car and find the inspiration that’s waiting for me out in the world!


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