I just returned from Big Sur where I assisted Don Smith with his spring workshop there. We had a great group, and some really nice conditions, but I haven't had a chance to get to them so I'm posting an older image from closer to home. If my schedule works out I might post something from Big Sur on Monday.
I often tell people how fortunate I am to be a nature photographer in Sacramento. Here I'm four hours or less from a greater variety of world class photography than any place in the world (can you top Big Sur, Monterey/Carmel, San Francisco, Point Reyes, Muir Woods, the Napa Valley wine country, the Mendocino coast, Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake, and Yosemite?).
But sometimes the best opportunities are right in your own backyard. This image is the result of a little advance scouting and then simply forcing myself to get out of bed in the dark on a chilly fall morning. I'd found this spot a few days earlier and realized it had all the elements necessary for a great sunrise image: nice foreground trees, water and hills in the middle ground, and a clear view of the eastern horizon.
Of course I had no idea what I'd find at Folsom's Lake Natoma when my alarm went off that morning, but there's only one way to know, so out I went. The thin clouds on the eastern horizon were perfect, picking up the nice sunrise color and cooling the sun just enough to allow me to include it in the frame.
So I guess the moral here is to not lament the opportunities that are out of reach, but rather to explore the possibilities at hand. Kind of makes me wonder why I'm sitting at my computer when there are special scenes right outside my window just waiting for discovery. Bye....
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