As I mentioned in my 1st Chasing the Light post, one of the most critical things to catching the light is having your sunrise and/or sunset spots picked out ahead of time. This gives you ample time to get to your spot to capture the light in time (hopefully). After I left the park, I knew there was still time to capture more of the sunrise. I was at a loss as to where I should go. Clearly the mountains were perfect, but I definitely didn’t have enough time to get to any of them. And if I could get to them, I wasn’t sure if I would find a good spot or if I’d have to hike, so that was a no go for me. I was stuck to the city, and hunting for open space on 1/4 take of gas.
I couldn’t resist the beauty of the light, so I pulled into a spot that was a bit more open than the closed neighborhoods with loads of trees. Not to mention all the buildings. It turned out pretty good, and it’s SOOC. I love the warm glow. The sunrise is so foreign to me since I typically prefer to sleep in; I’m not much of a morning person. It was just so heavenly, the beginning of a new day…
I realized a couple of things that I needed if I planned to continue chasing the light:
- Keep a pair of tennis shoes in the car with socks in case you forget to wear proper foot wear as you leave the house in a rush to chase the light
- Keep a hoodie in the car for when you’re shivering at 79* with the wind blowing (yeppers, that was me… freezing as I was shooting in weather most people would be hot in)
As I continued my quest, I knew the reservation would be the only place I could go nearby with beautiful open space. It dawned on me that if I wanted to chase anything on foot, I was totally wearing the wrong shoes: flip flops. Such an Arizona girl. Who wears flip flops tromping through the desert with cacti everywhere? DOH!
To be continued…