4 a.m. saw mixed skies with some clouds and a few stars. That usually means that there could be some nicely lit clouds as the sun approaches the horizon. But as we have seen lately, once the clouds reach the horizon themselves, they often line up in such a way as to cover all gaps to the east and that, once more, was what happened this morning at Owens Pond. So no epic dawn light show, just a bunch of flying clouds in the wind.
There was just the hint of color before sunrise and I have found that what little color there is can be heightened a bit with a long exposure. In addition to my circular polarizer, which reduces the light by 1 1/2 to 2 stops, I mounted my 6 stop neutral density filter and was able to get a nice 30 second exposure. Although this most likely would never be on the cover of Outdoor Photographer, aside from being the wrong orientation, it is pleasing to me in a subtle serene sort of way. One doesn’t always have to have spectacular light to have a pleasing image.There was another car when I got here, but I never saw that person and felt as if I were the only one there. It was quiet with only a few birds and tree frogs for aural accompaniment, some dragonflies were starting to fly and the soft breeze kept the early heat and humidity comfortable. The rest of the day has been rather uncomfortable as we wait for some rain and a cool down. But it started quite well.