Back Up on the Mountain

March 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Back up Whitetop after a fierce winter that usually left the mountain road either buried in snow, under inches of ice or torn up from others who decided to redneck their way up the road. I finally got to drive up that gravel mountain road, passing fallen trees, ruts and huge mud puddles. Traveling alone kind of makes you nervous in your two wheel drive and knowing the road well enough that there is a rough patch that could result in me from accessing the summit. Before entering the open mountain side, I pulled over to allow a Jeep to pass me, knowing that I was not the only one on the mountain was a little reassuring as I started the final climb to the top. Driving up the hairpin curves and crawling over the rough straight ways, I approached the section in which I could not pass until it was repaired last year. It was dug out and muddy, I aimed for the middle but my left tire sunk into the muddy abyss. This year it looked eerily familiar, I slowly advanced, holding my breath, crawling over the ruts and thru the muddy holes. I had done it, I cleared the section in my Ford Fusion! I arrived up top to meet a few others vehicles, everybody seemed to be there to see the sunset. I scouted out the area for a location to set up my tripod and camera, noticing a little spruce on some elevated ground, hoped on down from the road.

First, I was going to use the 70-200mm f/2.8L lens to hopefully catch the sun right as it sat on the horizon. Unfortunately as it sunk lower, I realized that there were some clouds right on the horizon that would block that type of shot, I immediately switched to the 24-105mm f/4L lens for a broader landscape photo. My hands were starting to freeze becoming numb from the winter wind that was still whipping around the mountain tops. I decided to take my camera bag and the other lens back to the car leaving my setup like it was. Quickly, I returned to my car to put the equipment in the passenger seat and closing my sunroof, locking up I returned to my little setup. Waiting for the sunset to create a beautiful glow, I looked around and behind me was a shot I could not resist. The moon was starting to rise above the tree tops, I grabbed my camera, ditching my original location to move further up and closer to the moon. 

I know the moon is difficult to capture at night due to the suns light being reflected off of it, either resulting in a Nightscape with a white ball of light  in the sky or a detailed moon in pitch black. Unless I merged two separate photos in Photoshop, though catching the moon early in the twilight hours allowed me to capture the landscape, night sky and detail of the moon all in a single image.



 The beautiful moon that night kind of makes me wish I was shooting back towards the mountain in its entirety. While snapping shots of the moon, I looked back to check on the sunset to see it glowing thru the clouds. I walked back down to the road and set up right on the bank as low as I could get with a the spruce I was originally posted up beside. Taking multiple shots only to see the silhouette of the tree and not much color, I decided to take an HDR photo which resulted in a vibrant colorful photo, a single spruce created a beautiful silhouette in the colors of the sunset and the glow of the mountains below. 


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