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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/28/2008

Photography: Ducks at Sunrise

By Kevin Ambrose
Sunrise over Washington as ducks frolic in the Reflecting Pool, 7:12 a.m. Wednesday morning.

During the spring and autumnal equinox, the sunrise aligns in the eastern sky with D.C.'s monuments and the Reflecting Pool. Within a week or so on either side of the equinox is the optimal time for photographing a Washington sunrise. I consulted with Jason Samenow, the Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist, for the best morning this week for sunrise photography. We agreed that Wednesday morning, before the coastal storm arrived, should provide clear skies with good visibility. The forecast proved correct and displayed above is a sunrise photo from Wednesday morning.

Keep reading for more sunrise photos and photos of dawn, including the crescent moon. For the weather outlook into the middle of next week, see our full forecast.

The crescent moon is high in the eastern sky as dawn breaks at 6:24 a.m.

I was pleasantly surprised that the crescent moon was still in the eastern sky as dawn broke over D.C. My wide angle lens was just wide enough to capture the moon in combination with the first light on the eastern horizon.

Dawn's light grows brighter by 6:30 a.m.

The sun begins to rise in Washington at 7:00 a.m.

Another duck sunrise photo, just after sunrise, 7:12 a.m.

One more duck pose, in the sun's reflection. I collected quite an assortment of duck sunrise photos with this shoot.

As a side note, I had plenty of company during my photo shoot at the Reflecting Pool. The Lifetime Network was next to me filming the sunrise for the premiere of a new reality show that will air soon. There were plenty of cast members present to begin filming a sequence later that morning, but they would not tell me the name of the series. It's still a mystery, I was told. I had no time to hang around and watch the filming, so I guess I will have to do a little research to see if I can find it on TV and then re-watch the sunrise that I had photographed.

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 28, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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Beautiful! Looks like your planning paid off. Somebody get those framed!

Posted by: JR | September 28, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Kevin, your sunrise photos are fantastic. The one with the Capitol and other buildings in silhouette could be Xanadu.

Posted by: Susan in Chevy Chase DC | September 28, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Stunningly beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

Posted by: Artjohn | September 28, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The first shot with the ducks may very well be the best photo of yours I've seen on CapWX yet. You really do have a gift.

Posted by: mcleaNed | September 29, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Blonde Charity Mafia... like the Hills only set in Georgetown.

Posted by: Desk Jockey | September 29, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the nice comments. It's always good to have the weather cooperate for a sunrise shoot, especially since I'm not a morning person and it's quite difficult to get up that early. :)

Posted by: Kevin, Capital Weather Gang | September 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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