Reflection: Sunrise Photo Shoot at Kentuck Knob


One weekend last month I got up at 4:00 AM so that I could open the gates at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob for the Westmoreland Photographers Society sunrise shoot. What an incredible experience to watch the world awaken from the top of that hill! While the photographers checked their shutter speed and adjusted their tripods, I wrote.

Part of it was for work - facts for my weekly progress report and details for copy to be turned into press releases and articles later - but part of it was for me. Trying to capture a particular time of the day is challenging when you're not writing about it as it's happening, and especially if you're normally sleeping at that hour. You miss the small stuff, those details that let your reader say, 'I know exactly how that feels.'

Maybe they'll say that when they read the revised chapter in my recent novel. The setting is certainly better for it and so is the mood. You see, we didn't have the bright sky and blooming color that morning, we had the swirling clouds and the river valley mist that crept skyward. The unfolding scene did more to inspire me than the latest tips from professionals in a magazine and more to calm me than my daily yoga.

Let's hope I captured a little of that for the page...

WPS 2 Sunrise Shoot 2010
SEATED: Heidi Ruby Miller
Photo by Kern F. Little

Incidentally, you can see the weekend's final photographs at an exhibit at Kentuck Knob this Saturday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. I'll be there, as well the photographers, so say, "Hi!" if you stop by.


  1. The photograph seems to captures the mood of the occasion; and certainly writing from direct experience can bring life to writing.

  2. I hope I can do that time of day justice in my scene. It's so magical way up on that knob...


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