When I first headed out on this particular morning I had planned on shooting a waterfall. I had been keeping an eye on the weather and it was suppose to be overcast and rainy all day, I generally like shooting waterfalls on overcast days.
I started out to my destination about an hour and half before sunrise and I noticed I could see the moon and some stars even though I had just checked the weather online and it was still saying cloudy and rainy. Weather plays possibly the most important role in making a dynamic and captivating image. Thinking conditions might work out for a nice sunrise I decided to make a detour from the waterfall and head to another location. I knew a spot not too far from my original destination where I had shot sunrise before.
I had a shot in mind already, I had just been waiting on the conditions to be right. Having shot at this location before I knew I wanted to incorporate the road somehow into the image. After arriving at the location I could tell the sky was going to light up nice as the sun started to rise. I wanted a composition showing the expansive view the road itself had to offer. I scrambled around a bit and finally found this composition with the road leading into a curve. I chose a low composition keeping the road the main subject, with the sunlit clouds, mountain ridges, and Fall foliage as a backdrop. I was very pleased with how the image came out and I thought with the Fall color and fallen leaves on the road, the title “Road To Fall” fit the image well.
Being at the right spot at the right time, knowing your equipment and how to use it is pretty much all we as landscape photographers can do, the rest is in God’s hands.
Technical Info: This image was taken with a Canon 5D and Canon 17-40mm F4 L lens. I used a Lee 3 stop graduated neutral density filter inserted into a Lee filter holder and tilted at an angle. Canon 5D, f/11, 0.8sec, 17mm, ISO Speed 100