Perfect Shot: Before The Dawn

Words by Andrea Gemmet

Photos by Brian Krippendorf

Early risers, who throw off their blankets and brave the pre-dawn chill to venture outside, get to see things the rest of us lie-abeds don’t. For Palo Alto photographer Brian Krippendorf, a morning walk along Shoreline Lake in Mountain View offered this stunning view during the “blue hour” just before sunrise, as the deep, rich colors of the brightening sky are refracted on the rippling surface of the water.

Image by Brian Krippendorf / @briankrippendorf

Calling all Shutterbugs: If you’ve captured a unique perspective of the Peninsula, we’d love to see your Perfect Shot. Email us at to be considered for publication.