My oldest son had to go to work today. Early. Really early. He got up around 4:30AM. He had to be to his bosses house at 4:45AM. Normally I would have let him take my 4-wheeler, but I wanted it. I wanted to go for a ride and take some photos of the sunrise. And I had to be back home by 8AM so my daughter could go and mow a lawn. So I had to hustle.
As soon as he left, I loaded the 4-wheeler on the ATV trailer and took off. I got to my destination in about 15 minutes and I unloaded my rig and proceeded up the mountain. And I was flying up the mountain. I startled some animals (rabbits). I even came across a doe and her fawn. Twice. The first time one of the animals was on my left and the other was on my right. I went around a corner and they were both there - again. Funny thing is that they started running down the road and I was riding behind them. I was trying to catch up to them (I was doing about 15 or 20+ MPH) but each time I started to gain ground, I had to slow down because the road started getting rough. So they would always gain some more ground. They finally exited the road and I continued on my trek up to the top of the mountain.
I got up top (actually, near the top - the place I wanted to be) with about 10 or so minutes to spare. So I got off the 4-wheeler and setup the camera and started taking some photos. None of them are award winners, but sometimes you've just got to try. The photo below, I had to underexpose it by two or three stops, maybe more. I don't remember. I had to underexpose it so I could get some color out of the sun without it being totally washed out.
Here is another favorite I took this morning:
You might be thinking, "Tom, your shadow is in the photo. That was stupid!" Ah, my friends, that was on purpose. I have other photos where it is just my machine. But I wanted to capture the rider of the machine in the photo itself. I thought it was kind of cool.
Here is another one that I liked from this morning's shoot. I just noticed that I have a big dust bunny on my sensor. Hmmmmm... How did that get there? See if you can spot it...
I really hate it when the sensor gets dirty. The camera is supposed to shake that off, but I may have to carefully clean this one off some how. (NOTE: I just took some test photos and the dust bunny is gone.) I was also wondering why the sun has all that crappy stuff around it. All my lenses have filters on them, but I rarely clean the glass. I looked at the glass and it was hideous, like someone spit on it and it had a bunch of little dots on it. So I sprayed some cleaner on the filter and now it is crystal clear. I may try another sunrise shot later this week. If I get something a little better, I'll post the results.
I looked at my photos again and I found anouther one that I liked...
It is cool to see the shadows in the valley because of the mountains.
So, did I get home by 8? You bet. I got home with a few minutes to spare. That ride totally made my day today. Working from home really takes a toll on you. I find that I often need to get out and away from the house. So I end up going for a ride somewhere.