#realhappiness

 

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Sunrise from Rowena Crest, Oregon.

For a couple of Sundays now I have been getting up early and heading east into the darkness of pre-dawn.  The camera and tripod loaded up to catch sunrise pictures in the eastern Columbia Gorge.  Being outside, far from the city, as the day begins and the sun breaks the horizon – that is my happy place.

One of my creative inspirations is the YouTube channel by Thomas Heaton.  He is a photographer from England who produces fantastic videos about his adventures in photography, near his home in England and all over the world. 

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Silent except for the cry of the hawk.

He is collaborating with the BBC on a project called #realhappiness.  In a nutshell – encouraging all of us to get up early and get out in nature.  Thomas’s involvement is soliciting photographers (that means you) to submit sunrise photos from their happy place to the instagram hashtag #realhappiness.  Check out this short video and be inspired.