11.16.2014 Dawn on Mount Pollux

Whenever there is a gap between the horizon and a cloud filled sky, there is a possibility for a spectacular sky at dawn.  Unfortunately, I got out of the house too late to get to water’s edge at the Quabbin, so I hustled up Mount Pollux…hustle is relative as there is a road almost to the top.  This angle has a few houses that are in the lower right, so I had to frame them out which truncated the composition a little more than I wished and the shadows do a good job of concealing them.

The clouds were a little soft so the rays of color are not as defined as I had visualized, but still a nice scene over the Pelham Hills.Dawn-on-Mount-Pollux-111614-700WebI really like the trees on Pollux.  Unfortunately, many are dead and have either fallen in decay or the town has cut them.   The vines, mostly poison ivy, give them a spooky look which I find enjoyable.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 11.16.2014 Dawn on Mount Pollux

  1. Jim in IA says:

    Very rich color. Kind of royal. I know why you look for those special cloud arrangements. I always check out the east window of a morning just in case the right conditions are there. It is a good way to start the day.


    • Unfortunately, I have to look over the tops of our pine trees this time of year and too often the sky doesn’t reveal itself until too late which is why I couldn’t make the trek to the Quabbin this morning.

      I am not sure if this is my final answer. The blue is the result of intentionally underexposing the sky to enhance the color and avoid the brightest area from blowing out. I may reprocess this at some point.


  2. Wow! That is a photograph. Stunning in so many aspects.


  3. Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles says:

    It’s always dusk for this late sleeper.


  4. I empathize with you about finding a good exposure in a tricky situation like this one that risks blowing out the highlights. Did you take multiple pictures in quick succession at different exposures?


  5. Observations, comments, and your own self-criticism notwithstanding … a very pleasing image indeed. Such a pleasing vista, combined with what I am seeing outside at the moment, tells me that this image has signaled the end of pleasant weather. Start the countdown to spring! D


    • Thanks, David. I just think it needs a bit lighter hand in the processing. I am not sure if I will keep it here or do a repost. We’ll see.
      If today is an indicator, I’d say you were correct. But the forecast does call for some improvement and all this rain is welcome in other respects.


  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    Nothing like darkness to conceal what you don’t want to see. That sharp silhouette is quite pleasing in the colourful sky.


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  8. I enjoy that, too. Incidentally I thought I’d pin your photo to one of my boards (Special Finds) but the pin it button didn’t do anything. I suspect it has to do with my switching over to Firefox. My hope would be to direct more people to your work.


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