It’s a really good thing I’m not trying to make a living as a photographer because I stink at knowing what conditions produce the effects I most want to shoot. Yesterday (when this picture was taken) I decided to get outside no matter what the early morning sky might do. We’d just had the snow storm to beat all storms and I was dying to shoot something … anything. Fortunately, the sky gave me a little color. Not much, but a touch of contrast at first light.
This morning it’s brutally cold …. as in single-digit cold. Given that I don’t do well with extreme temperatures, I decided to sit this one out. Besides, (I reasoned) I thought today’s sunrise would be comparatively similar to yesterday, which wasn’t anything to write home about. So I was sitting here tweaking my blog entry for today when I glanced out my office window and saw the entire horizon was a deep crimson red. For crying out loud …. will I ever get anything right???
I know the first “rule” of landscape photography is Be There. For some reason I still manage to screw that up more often than I care to admit. And since I tend to overlook the first rule, I’ve had plenty of “just missed it” moments to know better than to try to race outside and capture a shot that’s happening RIGHT NOW! However, being the fool that I am I always seem to want to gave that the old college try. Tell you what. Next time you think you have all the time in the world, try beating a New England sunrise. My camera and tripod were all set up and ready to go. All I had to do was throw on two layers of clothes and race out the back door. Five minutes, tops, but by the time I got out there the entire show was done.
Yup, I don’t call this a hobby for nothin’!
Jan 13, 2011. 7:57 AM. EST.
Canon EOS 7D
ISO:160, 18mm, 3.2 sec, f/22.
Lens: Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Lightroom 3: Brightness/contrast adj.
PS5: Warming filter