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Hill Country Sunrise At Colorado Bend State Park

 

Last weekend while I was out at Colorado Bend State Park, I found a great view of the rolling hills.  I took a compass reading to check where the sun would rise in reference to the valley (it was overcast when the sun came up that day, so I wasn't sure).  The compass reading was 112 degrees.  So, when I checked to see where the sun would rise this morning, it was at 106 degrees magnetic (true north is different, depending on magnetic declination).  So, this meant the sun should rise at the perfect spot, so off I went!
 
I got up at 2:30am, arrived at the head of the trail at 4:45am, and arrived at my 'spot' at about 5:30am, which is when 'nautical twilight' began this morning.  Once the light started hitting the clouds, I knew I was in for an awesome show!  The clouds quickly turned into such a deep glowing red that it could easily be mistaken for a sunset.
 
I ran into a couple of obstacles during the shoot.  For one, I just couldn't get focused on anything early enough to capture the beginning light, which a shame.  It was just too dark to focus manually or with auto-focus.  I meant to bring my police style flashlight to use to focus on something, but accidently left it at the car.  I had a 'head lamp' that was very bright for hiking in the dark, but it just didn't have the power to light anything well enough at a reasonable distance.  I won't forget it next time!
 
Another obstacle was the moisture.  It was so humid, and cool enough, to cause my lens and filters to be sopping wet in just a minute or two, so I was having to constantly dry them.  There isn't really anything I could have done to thwart that.  So, my long exposures were junk due to moisture.
 
In addition, I was shooting with a lens that I normally don't shoot sunrises with, but it was the best lens for the job this morning.  Problem is, I didn't realize that I didn't have an adapter for that lens to fit my filter holder to it (for the Corkin P-Series filters).  So, in order to use my Graduated Nuetral Density filter (to keep the sky from being blown out while trying to get detail in the shadows), I had to hold it by hand against the lens.  Well, long exposures are super sensitive to vibrations, so holding it by hand wasn't ideal, to say the least.
 
In the end, there was only one keeper.  It isn't the greatest that I have taken, but it aint bad.  I posted the photo in the 'Recent Additions' gallery, as well as the 'All' gallery.  The image name is Colorado_Bend_SP_Sunrise_001.jpg.


What I really need to do, in order to really be able to see the hills better, is to go back out there during a really cold, dry morning.  Of course, I will have that adapter I needed too!
 
But, hey, despite all that, I got to see a fantastic hill country sunrise!!!
 
Oh, I also think my mountain lion friend may have been hanging out again this morning.  I kept hearing 'heavy' crunches in the trees to the left of me, and after I was all done and putting my gear away, I saw that something big urinated on the side of the big rock I was shooting on top of.  It was fresh, and it was something that definitely had to hike a leg for.  Perhaps it was just a coyote, who knows, but I have no doubt something was hanging out.
 
Cheers =)



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