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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/22/2009

A Classic Washington, D.C. Sunrise

By Kevin Ambrose

* More Clouds than Sun: Full Forecast | NatCast *

The rising sun lines up with the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument Saturday morning.

It's actually kind of rare to have a perfectly clear sunrise this time of year, without a single cloud in the sky, but Saturday was a great example. I arrived at the Reflecting Pool at dawn Saturday morning and immediately set out my video camera to capture a time lapse of the sunrise. I wanted to compress an hour of video, from dawn through sunrise, into 30 seconds. I also had my SLR camera and I took photos of the sunrise from various angles, always keeping an eye on my video camera to make sure no-one walked off with it. The photos turned out OK, but I really enjoyed watching the sunrise video.

Keep reading for the time lapse video...

A time lapse video of Saturday morning's sunrise, one hour compressed into 30 seconds.

Try watching the video the first time for the sunrise and sky colors, then watch it a second time for the ducks. The ducks were quite busy Saturday morning at the Reflecting Pool and they tried to steal the show. In case anyone is interested, I used Adobe Premiere Elements to do the time lapse crunch and then I threw in a little Led Zepplin for sound effects.

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 22, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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Cool video Kevin!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | September 22, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

very cool. Not a huge LZ fan but it actually works well.

Posted by: mallemployee | September 22, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: gstern1994 | September 22, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks! Regarding the music, I may check out some fast tempo classical music for the next time lapse, or perhaps a song that has a fast guitar riff.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | September 22, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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