December 19, 2019

Presque Isle at 8:29am

Sunrise from Presque Isle, Marquette, MI

Sunrise 353 of 365

  • Sunrise time: 8:29
  • Azimuth: 124°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: No


  • Temperature: 11 ºF
  • Felt like: -4 ºF
  • Conditions:
  • Wind: 12 mph
  • Visibility: 10.0 mi
  • Humidity: 60%


  • 17mm
  • f/22.0
  • 4 sec
  • 50


Presque Isle, Marquette, MI

46° 34' 50" N, -87° 22' 50" W

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Musings [216 words]

Ten thousand hours. That’s what they say it takes to become an export at something. And by they I mean Malcom Gladwell. And by Malcom Gladwell I mean Anders Ericsson, who says Gladwell’s usage of the concept is not accurate.

For my purposes, let’s just pretend you can become an expert at photographing the sunrise, chasing the sunrise, editing photos of the sunrise, making a website for the sunrise, or whatever else.

To start and end the year and become a masters in 10,000 hours creates a problem, as it would require 27.4 hours of practice a day. Well even if I didn’t need time to eat and sleep there’s an obvious issue there. Let’s say I practice sunrising for one hour a day, that would take 10,000 days or 27.4 years.

Of course this doesn’t account for lots of experience I’ve already acquired. I already know how to drive, to get the the sunrises. And I’ve been using an SLR camera for about twenty years. But even if, I’ve acquired two hours of “expertise” per day in the last year, that’s onl 7.3% of the required 10,000 hours.

Needless to say, I won’t be an expert at this thing for a long time. Theoretically, with a ridiculous application of the rule. Still, it’s fun math.


Fuel more Sunrises

There is plenty more to come from Year of the Sunrise. You can always add a cup of coffee to keep me going strong in the mornings, or a tank of gas to get me to some new places, as the sun keeps rising.