The local grocery I shop at opens for us older folks at 6 a.m. Until recently that eliminated early morning photography for me but now, with sunrise at 5:30 and earlier, there is plenty of time to do both. I choose Friday because the truck comes in Thursday night so the best odds for finding all we need is today.
I left the house with a visualized image in mind but as I drove around it became obvious that sunrise was going to be disappointing…to a degree. Eventually the northern clouds lit up but I decided to shoot the almost (98.6%) full moon over the Holyoke Range again. Looking for something I hadn’t done up there before, I headed to the remaining “twin”* maple and framed this shot.
A lot of photographers say they leave home without anything specific in mind. I don’t see a problem with a preconceived notion as long as you are not anchored to it. If you find what you are looking for great but it is important to be flexible and open to other possibilities.
*At one time, and posted here previously, there were two large sugar maples atop Mount Pollux. The larger became diseased and had to be taken down. This one survives and a few other saplings have been planted with thought for the future. The asterisk is both for this information and to cover my back for saying “twin”. They really weren’t twins but had grown together. Combined with that is the other mountain nearby, Castor, adding the notion of twins.