It was Volunteer duty at First Water TH today so I got out there early to get the clean-up chores completed before hikers begin arriving. There was a large moon staring down through low a low layer of sparsely spaced clouds that made an enchanting start to the morning, all that I needed was for a pack of Coyote's to start howling to complete the mood
I finished with the chores and it was still dark but pleasant with a light breeze blowing across the parking lot. I got my camera set up on the tripod and began experimenting with a touch of "light painting" on the Palo Verde tree in the lot. With the camera set for 30 second exposure times, and low light it's hard to get a good focus but trial-and-error always helps The first couple of shots looked fine (on a very small screen) so I continued shooting and painting until it began to get light on the Horizon thus ending my endeavors.
Still no cars in the parking lot, so I grabbed my camera/tripod and headed up the hill adjacent to the TH where I could get some good views of Weavers Needle far off in the distance. The early morning sky was just beginning to get the colorful hues I was hoping for but the distant clouds were blocking the best rays of the sunrise so it was somewhat anti-climatic and now the cars began to filter into the lot.
It's always fun to experiment with the pre-dawn light and you never know what you're going to get until it's over and you can scan the shots on a large screen..... Okay, Maybe next time