The best photographers that I know are great planners, researchers, and weathermen but every once in a while you get lucky. This was one of those mornings. My old roommate and her husband had come to visit and he had just purchased a D800 and upgraded his lenses. He wanted to get out and shoot the bridge. While the women slept we woke up early and drove to the city. I wasn’t even sure if I would take my camera out because the weather forecast didn’t look good. I feared we might even get rained on.
I’ve spent way too many mornings at Hawk Hill for it to be the first place I want to stop. At this point I want to find some new spots. Jason had never been to Hawk Hill and we didn’t wake up early enough to make it to one of the other spots, like Slacker Hill. As the sun began to get close to the horizon we were treated to a wonderful surprise: the sky lit up with stunning pinks and oranges! There was a brief burn that was followed by smooth pastels. Knowing the color wouldn’t last long I snapped off a panorama as fast as I could. We kept shooting until the clouds thickened and the color disappeared. Perhaps Jason was my good-luck charm?
Now if only Jason had realized he was shooting at ISO1600 the entire time :(
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED:
80mm, f/10, 13 sec, ISO 320
7 shots stitched with Autopano Giga