National Geographic : 2015 Aug
YourShot.ngm.com VISIONS EDITOR’S NOTE “At first the light is barely noticeable. As it brightens, shadows give shape to the landscape, until it blinds you like a spotlight. First light—its beauty is fleeting, and that’s what makes it so special.” —Kurt Mutchler, National Geographic senior photo editor First Light Assignment We asked the Your Shot community to wake up early and show us the first two hours of the day. Christopher Lee Griffin Charleston, South Carolina The final step before a recruit becomes a U.S . marine is a test called the crucible, a three-day simulation of field conditions. At dawn in Parris Island, South Carolina, Griffin watched three female recruits complete an obstacle course. Saba Khozoui Highwood, Illinois Khozoui’s windshield was iced over one morning as she prepared to leave for work. While waiting for the ice to melt, she took several frames, then repositioned the car toward the sun for this shot.