Scouting Pays Off

Having not been to a place before there are a certain amount of ways to approach the scene.  Depending on the time one has it could be just a “grip it and rip it” trip.  Whatever the light/clouds/conditions have that’s what we get.  However, with a few days to explore I drove around a fair amount just looking.  Mentally (and sometimes physically) categorizing locations under what conditions I wanted and want time of day.
This particular image was captured on my 3rd day along the Eastern Sierra.  Having found this spot on my first day out I knew it had potential. The early morning light would first illuminate the mountain sides before finally reaching over the ridge and shining in to the foreground.  This of course gives lots of options.  If mother nature wanted to cooperate :p
Sleeping in my car the night before (bear encounter story for another time), I awoke to be overjoyed with the fact that there were clouds!  Not something that one can always count on in that part of the world.  I quickly made my way down to the scouted location, temperature around 30F and proceeded to spend 4 hours watching the light manipulate.  I even went as far as grabbing my camping stove to cook breakfast while sitting there and waiting for the sun.
As the sun made it’s way higher in to the sky, the clouds shifted a bit and the valley floor was finally illuminated.  Added with the unique sky I knew after I captured this photo it was time to move on 🙂
Thanks!
aF

Magnificent color and clouds in the Eastern Sierra
Magnificent color and clouds in the Eastern Sierra

4 thoughts on “Scouting Pays Off

  1. Hi Aaron, nice and informative post. The result of your patience waiting for the right light is really a keeper.Nicely
    composed shot an inspiring procedure!

  2. Reading of the trials endured and overcome, the lengthy time commitments and analyzing all the while, only adds to the appreciation for the lengths photographers take to bring such beauty to the masses. Thanks for the invitation to view your blog and learn more about “life in the field”. Awesome and beautiful capture!

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