This is one of my favorite locations to be outside. It's a beautiful area that boasts waterways, lakes, dramatic cliffs, and if your lucky, wild horses. I come here often for photography, or just to get some peace and quiet and enjoy the view and listen to the water and aquatic life that calls this home. However, I have never been here for a sunrise. As a photographer, we begin to understand the best places for sunrises and sunsets and we plan accordingly to be ready for the action. This location is likely best suited for sunset shots. When I first started, I would try as hard as I could not to shoot towards the sun. That has changed greatly over the last year or so. I now prefer shooting towards the sun than having the sun behind me to light everything up. For one, it is a challenge to get the exposures correct and when your looking at the brightest areas possible its a little hard to see what exactly is going on. The one thing though that gets me every time, is the glow that emits over the horizon of my subjects. Mountains, cliffs, whatever it may be. There is always this beautiful glow at sunrise and sunset that just adds to the wonderful feeling I try to achieve with my photographs. In this case, I arrived well before sunrise knowing exactly where I wanted to be based on previous trips. Set my gear up and waited for the light. I wasn't expecting much or any color at all as it looked clear. The sun started to rise and the sky just exploded in pinks and oranges through the thin clouds. I thought perhaps I would have a chance to catch a sunstar between the cliffs, but the clouds blocked any hope for that. It still provided me that special glow I am so fond of and I was able to shoot a familiar scene under different lighting conditions. By the way, all that quiet I seek when coming here was quickly erased by duck hunters firing off their shotguns a few hundred yards away, not the best sound to hear in the morning. Anyways, this is the first image I will post of the year despite being photographed at the tail end of last year. Hope you enjoy!
Lower Salt River- Arizona.