The Fire is Burning Bright

“Now that the light is fading
Silver and purple at twilight
Scenes of the day remain with us
Bright as the fire is burning bright
Blue as the sky above the lake
And blue the water flowing” -Maggie Rogers

Just as I was trying to figure out what to title this photo, this song came on and it seemed like perfect inspiration as it captures this morning pretty perfectly! It’s been a quiet year for me, photographically, as I haven’t been out taking photos as much. The skies towards the end of the year started to explode and thanks to Escaype, I was able to get out on a number of occasions, this morning included.

Willie and I arrived in Santa Cruz pretty early. The sky to the east was burning well before the sun even came up (we call this the “pre-burn”). It was purple for almost a full hour before sunrise. We walked out to the bluffs and spent the next hour shooting pre-burn, the first burn, and then a second burn. In between the light faded, the clouds turned grey, and then blew up in color again. This photo here was taken during the 3rd and final burn (the “2nd burn”).

I loved how the water crashed around these cliffs, the rock out in the ocean, and the sky lit with color above.

Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/20, 0.6 sec, ISO 64

Aaron M Written by:

Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.