Waking up at 4:00am is never easy, nor is it something I enjoy doing in and of itself. But, as a photographer, sometimes you have to sacrifice those few extra hours of sleep to give yourself the opportunity to capture a great image. After all, those sunrises aren't going to photograph themselves!
On this particular morning, I was about 10 seconds from jumping back into bed and curling up under my covers, but I reasoned with myself that I was already up, already dressed, and that I might not have this opportunity again. This day was special for two reasons. One, it was Flickr's 10 year anniversary and they were hosting a photo-walk; and two, Arlington National Cemetery agreed to open their gates early for this very special event and allowed photographers to capture the sunrise at both the Arlington House and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Since the gates normally don't open up to the public until 8:00am, I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity. Over 100 photographers were at the gates that morning ready to photograph the day's first rays of light. The hosts of the event from Flickr was amazing too; free coffee and donuts helped make the early wake-up call a little more bearable!
Since we could only choose one of the locations to photograph, I chose the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier because I wanted to incorporate a human element into my photographs. The light that morning was just beautiful. These are some of my favorites, hope you enjoy!