For today’s sunrise session, I decided to try a sunrise over Cedar Creek in Oak Grove, MN. I had been thinking about this location for a few weeks now and I hadn’t been able to get the proper conditions in the past attempts. While the light still wasn’t how I’d really like it, there was a small amount of fog and that seemed to make the image work well enough. With landscape photography, so much of your time is spent just waiting. I arrived at my spot at 5:30am in hopes of catching some pre-dawn fog. There really wasn’t much to work with, so I waited until around 6am to take my first image (below). You can see the sun starting to produce a little bit of color on the treeline. Had there been clouds, they would have been lit up at this point and made for a dramatic sky. It took another 30 minutes for the sun to finally fill in the the foreground with some dynamic light and I shot the second image at 6:34am. Once the sun finally broke free of the treeline, it overpowered the tree/grass area and I decided to call it a morning. I fully intend on coming back to the location, hopefully with a sky filled sunlit clouds.
Everyone seemed to have been talking about the “big show” of lights that was supposed to happen this past weekend. Everything looked very promising and I was excited to go chase down the lights. Unfortunately, the peak of the energy hit when it was still light out and we missed what could have been an amazing display. I was still hoping for a second wave and was rewarded with a 3am display of minor lights. I can’t say I’m thrilled with these photos, but it’s much better then coming home with nothing to show.